‘t Nieje Good Goan: Remembrance of our loved ones 2.0

Bison code: L.28162

“Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it” (Haruki Murakami, 2003)

There is only one thing certain in life: death. But death does not mean being forgotten. Deceased people (especially young people) often leave an active life on social media behind. Can this digital heritage be used in a different way in memory of the deceased? How can new technology be used in an innovative, creative, visual and virtual way in remembering deceased beloved ones?

How do we remember our loved ones after they have passed away? After the cremation of a deceased person, relatives have to decide what to do with the remains; the ashes. In general there are two ways of handling the ashes: scattering them in nature or keeping the ashes in an designated area or at home. The goal of this research project is to investigate if contemporary high-tech possibilities can be applied in an innovative and creative way in remembering the deceased people in combination with the remains after cremation. This project is at the interface of technology, society and art.

When death takes place, everybody experiences a wide range of emotions. Grieving is a very personal process. The handling of the ashes is related to the way relatives wants to remember and includes (religious) traditions which are cultural defined. Grieving and remembering is very important for the wellbeing of the people who are coping with the loss of a loved one. A healthy society is a society with attention to death.

This project can lead to a new and innovative way of remembrance that connects with our mission of being meaningful to the society of Twente. Our products and services contribute to a personal and respectful way of bereavement. An innovation in remembering the deceased ones in combination with the cremated remains can become a new ritual in the Dutch (or Twentse) society. The result of the project can also be seen as a piece of art that stimulate the acceptance of death as part of life.

Crematoria Twente offers young, creative and technical talent the opportunity to work on a project of social importance. This project will attract media attention because it is about death. Our experience is that people do not want to think about it but are also intrigued by it. Because of this aspect this project is also interesting for students who are studying marketing and communication.

Cluster: Live Together, Mourn Together