Architect Allison Killing gave an interesting TED talk about death and architecture. Death is a taboo topic for most western cultures and has often being ignored. Our life expectancies have doubled since the last century. But we’ve not allowed ourselves to think differently on dying. Where we die is an integral key part of how we die, and yet it doesn’t feel like we’ve culturally questioned these defaults. Are there better ways to die?
Are there better ways to die?
In the United States, many more families now prefer cremating bodies as opposed to burials. This isn’t just related to costs but also the new ways families are preferring end of life for loved ones. In the last century, people died as a result of the wars and illnesses that we’ve now found cures for.
Now people may die in hospice care and endure chronic illnesses for a long time before they pass away. How have we changed the spaces – crematories, hospitals, funeral homes or any other final touch points closer to death? How do we behave when faced with death and where do we experience it?
These questions are buried into culture as much as they’re buried into our complex feelings around this topic. Planning for a good end of life is a choice that enables us to think these questions through more openly. If how we die has changed, it’s time that thought about where we die too.
Everdays is designed as a solution to help make communication around a passing less burdensome, so that you can focus on what matters most.