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Legacy Amour.... A virtual reflection of one's acquired spiritual gifts, a new end of life experience to cherish the gifts of one's life.

Legacy Amour would be an end of life virtual experience to cite spiritual gifts acquired throughout one's life, a new reflection of death.

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

My idea is designed for everyone who is in the end of life stage and wants to have a memorial of spiritual gifts that they have received from those who have passed on. I believe that spiritual gifts are given to someone close after death and it makes us stronger here in the physical world. These gifts are often not recognized or kept silent and never discussed. Legacy Amour would enable those around the world in the physical realm to realize that their strengths are gifts from those who pass.

Legacy Amour would enable those at end of life to post gifts that others left to them through their lifetime in a virtual platform.  This would enable those who are at the end of life to reflect and pass on treasured secrets and inspiration for those they are leaving. This would be a  reflection on who was important in their life and the gifts they received when those they knew had passed on. Sometimes we do not even recognize that those that pass on have granted us a spritual gift until we stop and reflect on how our life has changed after their passing. Legacy Amour would give the person who is dying this time of reflection and more importantly show the world and their loved ones how connected life and death is. A virtual website would be constructed so those at the end of life could contribute their story of what they had recieved in their lifetime and a web of understanding would be constructed. This would create not only rememberance but celebration and enable those who are grieving to rejoice in knowing that their loved one is only leaving the physical world and moving onto a realm where they can serve as support to those they leave behind. Their spiritual gifts will linger for eternity and build the basis of who they are as well. This memorial is unique and unlike others that are established. It is very easy to matriculate and one that will strengthen the end of life experience in a revolutionary way.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I would construct a website, APP and a collaborative site on FACEBOOK as well. This would allow a link to all hospice centers, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. FACEBOOK is a huge platform and be an advantageous collaborative portal, via a private group setting. SpiIf the site was designed via a business plan, it would have donations as the cost to join and the money raised could be utilized to support end of life visions.

Stories of spiritual gifts recieved would be embedded into an online.

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

Reflection and scrutiny of others' thoughts is essential in developing a cohesive platform that meets universal needs. It was just suggested to consult a neuroglist in order to cite cognitive connections. This would allow for a technical language to be added and facilitate further study, conversation and insight into how our brain functions in both life and death.

A virtual experience would also include capturing spiritual gifts throughout one's life and this could be integrated via an APP.

Tell us about your work experience:

I have worked in design, entrepreneurship and education.
Currently I am in the Barbara Bush X Prize for Literacy and I will be attending the Summit in Washington DC in October! 100 teams from around the world will be there and my team has constructed an APP to combat the deficiencies in literacy.

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Hi Mary, I love this idea. Reflecting on a person's contributions and gifts gives a sense of closure and positivity in leaving this life. I wonder how this could be incorporated into hospice care or nurses and coaches being trained to use this platform and guide patients, elderly or those who are dying how to use it. I think it would be very helpful to start listing the gifts and contributions while the person is more conscious and have a longer time from when they start this list to when they die so the effect could be more amplified, as opposed to doing the exercise a few moments before dying. Simultaneously, the person could receive feedback from people who may have been impacted by them. Those people could contribute by leaving comments and expressions of gratitude for the person.

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Hi Janice,
Hospice care and nurses/coaches would be trained via a viral online APP or website video. I'm constructing a Website this summer and will have a link to an instruction video for caretakers as well.

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