When I think about my loved ones dying, one of my biggest fears is whether I ever really knew them. When I think about my own mortality, one of my biggest fears is whether anyone will have really known me.
End of life stories are often about people discovering things about their loved ones in death that could have brought them closer together in life, or wishing that they had more time to get to know their loved ones. While we can't always have more time together, we can make the time we have together more valuable. The goal of this idea is to bring people together in life to make death more peaceful, with the added bonus of making life more enjoyable, too.
In fostering open and honest communication in life we can ease anxiety and unknowns in death. Through a set of provocations or questions, we can have better conversations and encourage deeper connection with the people we love. This idea could come to life in many forms: an app that sends you a deep question every morning to build into your daily conversations, a place for people to anonymously share moments of connection, a place for people to privately share deep thoughts and questions with loved ones, different sets of questions to get to know different people in your life (grandparents, parents, significant others, friends), an open challenge to hold deeper conversations and place to record them, a place to track moments of connection and great conversations (with who, about what, where, how you felt).
How might we naturally encourage more interactions that lead to deeper connection with our loved ones?