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John commented on Vykarious

Hi Vibhu Krishna ! More props and kudos! Every person I have shared this idea with "got it" immediately and agreed "What a great idea!"  I'm happy you found sympatico folks to flesh out the idea with. My sincere gratitude to you and love and prayers to your grandmother for inspiring you in this. What I like best is energizing and helping relate people at different stages of life. Best wishes on the unfolding of this potent, vital idea!

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John commented on Vykarious

Vibhu,
This is for me an exciting and rich idea that can energize and delight many people!  There is something here that taps into deep human interconnectedness (Interbeing in the word coined by Thich Nhat Khan). As a volunteer who regularly interacts with those who are very ill and confined after a lifetime of movement, I can see there is a lot of pent-up desire and wishes to travel, to do things, see people, places. And I personally know one or two Vykings! For example, here is a friend, Paula Wood and her team of 4 women who are participating in the Mongol Rally road race: a 10,000 mile, 2 continent road trip in 2 "crappy hatchbacks"!  http://www.welivemongolrally.com/

I'd like to help you test out your idea to strengthen it, and really hone in on the value proposition to both participants. Given access to a sample group from each, what small, lightweight tests can we run to get their feedback and begin to really prove your idea?

I like the additions others have suggested, and they may or not work in the context you've created. What they show to me is how your idea is sparking other, related ideas. But stay focused and keep your concept tight. 

I'm also reminded of when I traveled to visit my father's relatives in Ireland.  In a way I was making the trip for my father (who had died a dozen years earlier). Like others of his generation, he was so focused on establishing himself and his family as immigrants in the US, he wasn't able to travel until late in life. But the great aunt and second cousins we met loved that the next generation was seeking them out, returning, in a way, where our parents couldn't.

Dear Shoshana, much love and gratitude for your honest and accurate portrayal of the moment-to-moment decisions physicians face as death approaches. Experiencing the 'good death' of my wife's grandmother - at home, surrounded by loving children and grandchildren, lead directly to my work as an End of Life Doula volunteer. My evolving vision is based on the Palliative Care team (of which I am a part) which includes not only the medical professionals seeking to enhance quality of life, for the amount of time remaining, but family, caregivers, neighbors, friends. Earlier conversations, open and honest communication, breaking the taboo of discussing death in the specific, and a cultural awakening of death as a necessary and meaning-making part of life, will go a long way to reduce uncertainty and clarify the dying person's wishes. And maybe a DNR tatoo (or chip, God help us!).