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Rituals & legacy

Can rituals and legacy pieces find a place in our landscape?

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

Bespoke rituals for different types of loss. Dying is not a solitary experience. Depending on the manner of dying, the person dying and their loved ones will experience loss.

A service to help you manage loss in relation to dying. There are many different ways to die; suddenly, unexpected, peacefully, violently, slowly, painfully and so on. Each of these different ways of departure requires a different way of dealing with and managing loss. 

I propose providing a service to help people deal with their loss in individualised ways. Each loss requires a unique ritual, a bespoke solution for the individual and their loved ones.

Inherent in the ritual is the creation of a legacy piece. In certain cases, the legacy pieces could be created with the person dying, each experiencing their own loss and acknowledging it.

Can these legacy pieces find a place in our landscape? Much like a physical manifestation of @JimRosenbergs Footprints map (https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/end-of-life/ideas/footprints)?

The legacy pieces would tell stories of people and places as well as enhancing the landscape with architecture, furniture, art or nature.

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

Design a few rituals to see what shape they may take.

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

What kind of rituals and legacy pieces would people think of? Would they be better take shape in community places, like the remembering garden (https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/end-of-life/ideas/the-remembering-garden-finding-community-and-renewal-in-sharing-grief), or are they where they should be in burial grounds. Do people feel they need a more bespoke solution to deal with and accept loss?

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a communication designer.

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