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The One Memorial

A monument that would stand as a symbol of unity and equality under all humankind.

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

The One Memorial is for everyone, from all walks of life. The One Memorial is a symbol for the living, that we are all one, connected with each other, no matter your background, race, beliefs or finances.

As the ultimate gesture of unity, the concept is to create a communal memorial/urn where people can opt in to have their ashes stored with people from all walks of life. This monument would stand as a symbol of unity and equality under all humankind.

With room running out for burials this One Memorial would store the ashes of everyone who wanted to be part of it. It would be a place of loved ones and friends of the deceased to meet and reflect with other grievers and start conversation with people from all walks of life who have experienced the same loss as oneself. All while sending the message that we are all the same, connected with each other. I am imaging the memorial to be able to incorporate technology, to where the images of the deceased would be displayed with personal messages, that would be uploaded via a social network, either by the dying before their death or their friends and family. This social network would also connect all grieving and create a platform of support and a place to share useful information and resources. 

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

It would be great to have the idea shared on a wider scale to see if something like this would be socially acceptable and to find resources to make the One Memorial a reality.

Tell us about your work experience:

I have worked as a graphic and web designer for over 10 years and have taken advertising art direction classes, during one of those classes the idea was born. I have also worked in healthcare, landscaping, hotels, restaurants, health stores...

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Well done Jessica. Could you please elaborate on how the monument is designed and built?

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Thank you! I am picturing it to be a round structure that would be partly hollow to house the ashes. The interior I picture to be LED screens so the images and messages can be displayed. Something like this:

On the outside it could be a reflective metal surface that can be engraved with the people's names that are resting there. The engraving would be optional. The reflective surface is so that the people are able to see themselves in the memorial, so they become part of it and with everyone that is resting inside. Since the One Memorial is a symbol of unity and equality under all humankind.

 As for it getting built, I don't know about the logistics just yet. It could be a city initiative to help relief the overcrowding cemeteries or via investors or on donation basis. Since a social network is connected to it, it could also be funded via advertising space on that network. Businesses that are related to funerals, insurance and the like could buy advertising space, which could finance the upkeep of the memorial.

Please let me know if you have any more questions. Thank you!

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