Experiencing actual dying through others
Allowing people who are facing death to access footage of others whilst dying.
Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?
For people who are facing imminent death, they should be given access to footage of others as they pass away.
There are documentaries that show assisted dying and/or people who are dying naturally.
This footage shows that death is not filled with fear, but with calmness, acceptance and even relief.
Having watched this footage, it has changed how I feel about my own imminent death and I believe it would definitely help others - especially those who are dealing with fear around death.
What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?
I have already used this idea to help allay my own fears.
What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?
Access large amounts of footage and also enlist people to have themselves filmed as they die. This could be done in real time and people could be encouraged to interact with one another in the lead up to their passing. The more "normal" we make it - the less fear based it will be.
Tell us about your work experience:
I work as a manager of a retirement village and see death on a fairly regular basis. My background is in the homelessness sector prior to this.