Project Timeline

Feb 9  Project Objective

Determined as facilitating end-of-life conversations to better prepare for and deal with death

 

Feb 16  Death Preparation and Grieving Process

Research preparation including medical, legal, social, spiritual considerations, grieving process including stages of grief, role of religion and community

Interviews with death-related professionals Tim Smith, Cheryl Leath, Sarah Hansen

 

Feb 23  Charette 1

Vivian: Handheld marble artifact meant to soothe mourners

Lea: Comprehensive map of end-of-life conversations

 

Mar 2  Existing Product Landscape

Services for death preparation, conversation facilitators, aids for grief

Exploring the physical and digital realms and how they can support above processes

 

Mar 9  Project Thesis

Service architecture and revised goals statement

 

Mar 23  Charette 2

Vivian: Discovering new information post-mortem

Lea: Facilitating hierloom-based information exchange

 

Mar 30  Relationships

Exploring relationships (lovers, family, friends) as they relate to major

changes/death to inform emotion, tone, and content of  final service and artifact

 

Apr 6  Final Concept

Finalized concept for service, artifact, and interaction

 

Apr 27 Iterations and Testing

Iterations of overall product (service and artifact)

Research session with potential users

 

May 18 Final Deliverables

Deliverables completed including prototypes, service map, and justification