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"How we live and die" photo book

A photo book about living and dying around the world - to show that death is a part of life

Photo of Anne-Hélène Nicolas
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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

Anybody - children as well as adults, as an adapted children version of the book would be intended to make them more comfortable with the fact that death is natural and part of life. This certainly does not help bring the old topic of dying closer to the new technologies, uses and practices of our digital world. This is all about more restoring ancient values that might have got lost in a world that is sometimes ruled more by techno, rather than human values.

The book would be mostly based on pictures. It would not show the different post-death rituals through the world, as these are well know. It would rather try to capture the atmosphere of the pre-dying moment, the spiritual and philosophical principles behind the scene, and the human relationships between individuals. 

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Maybe that book already exists : that would be good to know...

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Photo of Bahenda Joseph
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Hello Anne-Hélène Nicolas,
I like your idea and I believe it would contribute enormously to the already available material around life and death. I think you will use some elements from the culture and philosophy, as you said. Only one question remains unanswered: Is death part of life or you are talking about death as a destroyer of life? This could mean sorrow, pain suffering and agony (this is stil life). But when someone dies life has been lost. Anyway, you have a way you understand your idea and how you intend to put it into practice. I would love to learn more when your album/book is ready. 

Photo of Anne-Hélène Nicolas
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Hi Joseph, this is an important question. I would like to show how death is part of life: part of the life of that one who dies, and also part of the life of its parents, relatives, friends - and of the whole community. To make death (or dying) less dramatic, in a way. What do you think ?
I'll keep you update.

Photo of Bahenda Joseph
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Hello Anne-Hélène Nicolas,
This is exactly how I have understood that the subject could be addressed. In fact the death as such is not a very important subject but rather all the entire spectrum of death as you have just mentioned. I trust you will be able to tell a compelling story and show that death is indeed part of our life.

Regards,
Joseph

Photo of Peggy Hartzell
Team

Agree. I started an illustrated caregivers book that is filled with pictures and images that help evoke creativity around the process.Something light hearted and inspirational as well as being practical. Of course the book is sitting unfinished. Might be a good collaborative project.

Photo of Anne-Hélène Nicolas
Team

Hi Peggy,
Good to know that you started something already. I believe that believe being nice can not be the only purpose of the book. It has to be practical as well. So thanks for your input.
Having a collaborative work process is also the best way to get insights and materials from every end of the world. Where are you based ?
Thanks

Photo of Danielle Meshorer
Team

This might be interesting to combine with the Death-Ed entry on page one of the challenge.  Take a look.  Your book could be an interesting part of a broader curriculum developed for classrooms internationally