Words don’t always come easy. Especially not when the subject is something that most people would prefer not to ever think about.
And yet, we found in our research that just having a conversation about your wishes and plans for when you die is one of the most effective ways to help your loved ones through the period of grief. (Not to mention the post-mortal administrative nightmares.) So what could we do to facilitate that conversation? It seemed that what we needed was a more playful approach: a game. And thus, the conversation about death turned fun. Serious fun, perhaps, but still fun. It’s also another example of how fruitful it is to bring in different disciplines: the designer’s toolbox, the anthropologists’ careful observation, the mortician’s daily bread.