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Tolstoy's "Death of Ivan Ilyich"

An intimate exploration of the range of emotions and desires a dying person experiences; an alternative perspective on what "care" means

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

It is extremely easy to commandeer the life of someone dying and force one's own agenda upon them, without truly listening to what it is they want for themselves. Does your relative truly want to be handled the way you've decided? How much input are you soliciting from them? It is important to distinguish between what's "best for them" and "best for you".

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Really cool reference for inspiration. It's interesting to think about the balance. Because it's so crucial to respect personal boundaries and autonomy, but the people left behind are very active stakeholders too as the ones who will actually have to grieve. It reminded me a bit of this post: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/end-of-life/research/just-cremate-me

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Hi William, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? 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.