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During the second half of the 20th Century, the western world lost touch with what used to be one of the most sophisticated and ritualistic service experiences of all time: funerals. Post-war Europe turned its back on flamboyant funeral traditions, leaving our modern mourning rituals to become unadapted and superficial, orchestrated by a predominantly conservative, stagnating and profit-oriented industry.
But things are starting to change. New generations are making steps to break this exhausted taboo, and bring death back into the circle of life… We feel that as designers, we too have our role to play in the comeback of this human-centric service.
As founding members of the Re.Designing Death Movement, Virginie, a Designer and Cori an Innovation Facilitator shared with us their mission to bring death to the forefront of innovation. The duo – both incidentally workshop experts – invited us to discover one of their gamified ideation activities, where we attempted to bring humanity into this service offering, and put the ‘fun' back into ‘funerals'.