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Celebrate Me

Who is best suited to design your end-of-life celebration (aka “the wake you’d most want to crash”)...well…you of course!

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

How might one connect with friends and family in a more immediate celebration of life while also, upon death (the moment of deepest sadness and stress for them), help them experience a comforting, positive and memorable celebration of one’s life?
1. Experience connecting with friends and family while collaboratively gathering your life moments (during life)
2. Provide a curated celebration plan to enable your inner circle in the event of your death
3. Give a lasting artifact of remembrance
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No matter how true our intentions may be, most of us spend every waking moment living for the now, not worrying about the day we die, much less the day after. In the end, death catches most of us off guard. Perhaps we planned ahead and had a will drawn up, or mentioned an off-handed idea about a party on the beach, but most often the loved one is gone along with those thoughts and the immediate family or friend circle is left with the almost unimaginable task of assembling a meaningful and all-encompassing ceremony to celebrate the life that just suddenly ended.

Survivors are burdened with the unimaginable task of immediately compiling a rich and meaningful representation of your entire life and all of it’s meaning at the worst possible moment, a moment defined by paralyzing grief, emotional fatigue, and urgent tactical overload. 

Celebrate Me focuses on the human experience of death along a spectrum, with 3 primary impact areas:

  1. The experience of connecting and collaboratively gathering your life moments with friends and family during life.
  2. A curated celebration plan to enable your inner circle in the event of your death.
  3. A lasting artifact of remembrance created by you, with intention and input from all the people who were a part of your life.

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

A very simple Wordpress site could easily enable rapid and inexpensive experimentation. We could run simple mvp’s around language and messaging, key features, content tools and services, privacy framework, and user experience around the concept of planning around death, etc.
A key test might be to explore the 'Timeline and Memory Page' experience...
How might we encourage social behavior between people who experienced key life moments together?

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

First I would ask the community to generate written stories about the days and weeks after the death of a friend or loved one. How did you celebrate their life? Have you ever experienced a celebration designed in any part by the deceased? What were your main goals in presenting an expression of the life you were celebrating? How did you craft the mood, the slideshow, food, music, etc?
Secondly, I would like to open an active forum on the topic of end of life celebrations.

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a designer dedicated to making life richer, more aligned, and more meaningful in any way I can…tiny to epic. I work with early stage social entrepreneurs and product designers. I also have personal experience with death, traumatic injury and the fragile nature of life.

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