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To enjoy life, we must know that we will die

Death connects us as human beings !

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Maru is a young woman who has suffered 3  losses in her life: her dog, her mother in law and her grandmother. These topic is hard for her to talk, she has noticed that “death” is something that she evades.

When her mother in law died, it was unexpected, she and her boyfriend were on vacations, and everything was so quickly that was hard to assimilate what was happening. She wanted to support her boyfriend at the funeral and throughout the process, but the stress of the situation did not allow her, and she had to go home, her mother and her brother accompanied her and stay with her, she was sick. It was likenMaru was blocked and in shock, something she never expected would happen to her.


No doubt the story that best reaches her heart is her grandmother, the only fact to remember her grandmother makes her eyes shine, she had time to say goodbye to her and assimilate the situation, but lost someone is never easy. Maru has a big connection with her grandma and she feels her all the time, she is still with her.

Maru told me these three stories and a little before finishing, she recalled that her  first loss was the relationship with her dad when her parents got divorced.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Death is something for which we are not prepared , death connects us as human beings and shows how vulnerable we are, what really makes us who we are . We never know how we will react to this situations and something that I learned is not every death is physical, it could be a relationship, a work, a situation...

Tell us about your work experience:

I have a Strategic Organizational Design Consulting , I use design thinking and strategic design to help organizations resolve internal problems like organizational culture, leadership or training .

If you participated in an End of Life Storytelling Event, tell us which Chapter or city you came from:

México City

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Hi Daniela, thanks for the post! It'd be great to add an image with this. Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.