Shown above is the final concept for a service for individuals to use throughout their lifetime that normalizes the topic of death, collects and organizes meaningful verbal and physical mementos, and progressively delivers these mementos to those in grief from an organized repository.
This service is a user-defined experience, offering recipients different landscapes for engaging through a journaling feature, heirloom index, and mourning stone.
The journaling feature is a low-pressure repository for thoughts, that promotes documentation of the everyday. It acknowledges the importance of voice, handwritten sentiments, and tone. This should be a service that is separate from social media. Users are instructed to log their memories via photos, words, and handwritten notes: these memories are of varying significance and privacy to the writer, which is denoted through the post's opacity and position off the timeline. f
Based on different privacy levels, a user's public profile may look a little like this
Coupled with this journaling feature is the heirloom index. This is a digital platform for submitting (by both the mourners and the mourned) objects, artifacts, and heirlooms to be annotated with meaningful stories, messages, and sentiments by the person passing away. Friends and family of a user are able to submit objects that they'd like to know more about, which the user writes about in the drafting section of the service.
This heirloom index promotes conversations between the mourners and the mourned, before and after death. Messages behind these sentimentally charged objects will, as a result, be slowly discovered throughout the grieving process. This system brings forth new stories, new messages, and new experiences even after a death has occurred.
As a facilitator for these services and their planned discoveries, the mourning stone therapeutic object that is passed on from generation to generation. These stones are a physical representation of the grieving process, used by generations and generations of users who find solace in the same artifact their lost loved ones have.