In order to truly look at health care, we must also look at how we die.
This idea rests at the heart of d.school fellow and artist Jae Rhim Lee's project at the d.school. Jae Rhim is part of the d.school fellows cohort focused on health care, but she is approaching it from a right-angle, if you will. Her project focus is on "death care" -- or the ways we can better prepare and care for ourselves, our loved ones and even the environment before and after we die.
Jae Rhim is the designer of the mushroom burial suit, a casing meant to enable environmentally-friendly decomposition. She presented the suit at TED in 2011.
Now, at the d.school, she is exploring needs around death, including how we are introduced to the concept. This means, in part, focusing on conversations and exploring the nature of discussions, emotions and reactions to and around death. She is also in the midst of her design sprint, bringing along a subset of her fellows cohort to work with her to kick-start her project to the next stage.
We'd like to invite you to take part in this exploration, and pose three questions to you:
1) What do you remember about the first funeral you attended?
2) Did your parents talk to you about death, and if so what did they say?
3) When was the last time you talked to a child about death? What did you say?
We'll be following a hashtag #design4death, so please post your answers using that tag. If you're not on Twitter, feel free to share your responses in the comments.