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REST IN PEACE: BACK TO THE WOMB EXPERIENCE

To bring calm and peace to the dying person by meditating and connecting to nature and universe, simulating a "back to the womb" trip

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

As a therapy service to prepare people for the moment they die. Meditation, gratitude and love...forgiving, letting go and connecting to nature visualizing this through meditation, light, images and music...and feeling that death is natural, is part of life and erase all the suffering that the physical body is meaning at that time. Leaving this world with peace and positivism, giving peace to family and all the loved ones. Inspired by the ending experience of "the shrouded woman" (M Luisa Bombal

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

An initial brainstorm about what connections and emotions would people want to feel at that moment, and then finding the elements that the associate (in a sensorial way) to this feelings. After this, we could create a "back to the womb" soundtrack, a set of images or colours that being perceived make people feel positive and calmed. This could be tested several times before testing it on real terminal patients.

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

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Religious or spiritual people, Philosophers, Healthcare specialists, designers, musicians, artists

Tell us about your work experience:

Designer, literature lover, humanity lover. Both parents are doctors specialized in cancer disease. Took care of grandparents at home before they died from cancer.

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I'm thinking of all the physical suffering people often go through as their bodies shut down, and wondering about a float tank/ REST experience for them. I'm curious if this has been studied.

Photo of Marcela Wevar
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Doug, this sounds actually very interesting. I imagine it as the float tanks that appear in "Interestellar". 

Photo of Doug Wilson
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Exactly! the problem I think may be partly that it requires a huge amount of salt, and many people who are ill enough to be near death and might benefit from this most have open sores that would hurt in salt. The problem of incontinence into not easily removable fluid would be another challenge. None  of those insurmountable though... Body condom? ;)

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