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Co-Creating Rather Than "Imagining" a Legacy

Capture wisdom from the older generation by jointly creating with them highlights of their life, lessons learned, and inspiration pieces

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Why imagine our legacy when we can actively create it and be the author of it? Let's make of legacy a continuous and fun work in progress rather than an assignment that "can wait" till the last days of our life. People like sharing their wisdom with others, so why not have everyone engage by writing down (journaling) or showing (video) their inspiration with the world.. Let's give everyone an easy and fun way to be part in creating their legacy rather than having their loved ones "imagine" it.

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Hi Thouraya,

I like the idea of making remembrance something that you do together. 

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Chris Lee  and Morgan Meinel , thanks for taking the time to read my post and contribute - glad you like my post! I did indeed read Chris' Treating death as a part of life instead of an event outside it and absolutely loved how he articulated it all! I particularly liked the title and the point on Continuity and his point "It seems to me that we are surprised that others have the same experiences we do, especially when faced with the tribulations of life. Seeing the stories of others living a "normal" life, even as they age, even as they die is very powerful*." Absolutely agree with your last point Chris; as a matter of fact, I recently started a project called "A Likely Story" and the main idea behind it is "no matter the differences, it is likely..a likely story" (you can check the Instagram account at @alikely.story. It's still in its very early days but would love to engage you guys if interested)! Thanks for being so inspiring guys, looking forward to collaborating and having an impact on re-imagining the end of life experiences!

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Thouraya Sayess - Thank you for this thoughtful response! I look forward to checking out your project "A Likely Story" - thanks so much for mentioning it! I would also love to participate on a collaborative project and look forward to how your ideas and project manifest! Let me know how I can be helpful! Thank you so much for your thoughtful ideas and contributions. All the Best! :)

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Thouraya, I love your idea! Having an online platform in which we can share each other's life wisdom, lessons, and values would be very enriching to the human experience and give meaning to that person who is aged or preparing to transition into the end of their life. It could be a celebration of one's life and their meaningful experiences shared with the world. How wonderful!

Have you had the opportunity to read the post by Chris Lee on "Treating death as a part of life instead of an event outside of it?" I think you may both feel inspired by each other's ideas. Here's the link: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/end-of-life/ideas/treating-death-as-a-part-of-life-instead-of-an-event-outside-it

All the Best to you! 

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@Chris Lee  and Morgan Meinel  , thanks for taking the time to read my post and contribute - glad you like my post! I did indeed read Chris' Treating death as a part of life instead of an event outside it and absolutely loved how he articulated it all! I particularly liked the title and the point on Continuity and his point "It seems to me that we are surprised that others have the same experiences we do, especially when faced with the tribulations of life. Seeing the stories of others living a "normal" life, even as they age, even as they die is very powerful*." Absolutely agree with your last point Chris; as a matter of fact, I recently started a project called "A Likely Story" and the main idea behind it is "no matter the differences, it is likely..a likely story" (you can check the Instagram account at @alikely.story. It's still in its very early days but would love to engage you guys if interested)!

Thanks for being so inspiring guys, looking forward to collaborating and having an impact on re-imagining the end of life experiences!

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Hi Thouraya, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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Great share Thouraya! You'll also enjoy checking out these two ideas: Once Upon a Time and I Know Something About This 

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Sure, no problem! :)

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Thanks Shane Zhao , will do for sure!

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BJC Hospice in St. Louis has a program which does exactly that! http://www.bjchospice.org/Services/Specialtyprograms/Luminalifereview.aspx

“It’s not just the idea of writing down stories from someone’s life. What made the difference is doing it together and talking about your past life and loving memories while you’re still around to do so. I would not have done that myself and would have missed a wonderful opportunity to share with my husband. The Lumina program made this happen, and I thank everyone for having it available through BJC Hospice.” - Carol, wife of a hospice patient

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Daniel Mazour  Daniel, thank you so much for referring me to the Lumina program at BJC Hospice. It is indeed an amazing initiative, and my idea is to have something similar scaled up to become a global initiative. Can't agree more with "In telling their stories, many patients will feel a sense of completion and realization of what they have accomplished and how they have mattered, perhaps for the first time." I know for a fact through interacting with amazing older women in my surroundings that they value sharing their life experiences. Definitely agree with the idea of "feeling a sense of completion" when their story is shared. Also appreciate the point on "Lumina volunteers are extensively trained and are devoted to the thoughtful work of asking, listening and crafting the patients’ stories." I was thinking of having Country Ambassadors who are trained to craft these stories in a way that's ready to be shared. We don't want this to be an exhausting assignment for those sharing their stories, we want it to be a fun and meaningful project that only gives them the opportunity to engage and be "the voice" behind their stories.