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Tell you story and have it heard

If you think of your life as a story, and that it can be retold - the person who is coming to the end of their life may feel comfort in that

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

It's for everyone in that person's life - who is coming to the end of their life. If they can tell their story, they may feel comfort in that way - that they can live on.
If they already have children, that's the most satisfying, physical contribution - of pRt of you living on.
But for more - it's about telling your story.

Your stories will be retold.

If you listen to someone, have conversations with them - record the stories - with an audio recorder, or film/video it. They re-live it

If you listen to someone, have conversations with them - record the stories - with an audio recorder, or film/video it.

They'll re-live it too.

There can be satisfaction knowing those stories are now permanent and can be heard or watched at any time.

It's an easy way to leave your mark.

They'll know future relatives - and others interested can have a library of your stories.

This adds to the piece of mind at the end of their life.  It's therapeutic.

- How much do you wish you could watch a DVD or go to YouTube and watch old interviews of your grand parents, great grandparents and more relatives?

Now you can provide the same to others... And create that world/collection.

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

An iPhone. (Or smartphone)

- Use the recorder on it.
- Use the camera and video tape it.

Or get a camera - that has more memory on it.
Film with that.

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

Trying to get started to "Collect the memories" or "Collect the stories" could be a simple start.

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Daniel, I love this idea! On the Palliative Care Unit, we offer many of our patients and their family members the opportunity to participate in storytelling - reflecting on past events of their life, momentous and joyful moments, challenges and triumphs, valuable life lessons and the like. The benefits of this process are tremendous - for everyone involved! It's often a very healing and therapeutic experience for the person who is dying and for their family and loved ones.  

Great idea! Thank you for your contribution :) 

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