Research Sources

Braithwaite, Brenda’s TEDx Talk “Gaming for Understanding
A talk on designer Braithwaite’s development of board games exploring tragedies and social issues.

Breaking Bad News
A six step protocol for doctors delivering bad news, from a source of free OSCE exam notes for medical students.

Brown, Erica – Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death – Print, 15 Apr 2014.
A book of concrete meditations and conversations towards overcoming fear of death.

Can Playing an End-of-Life Conversation Game Motivate People to Engage in Advance Care Planning?”, Lauren J. Van Scoy, MD, Michael J. Green, MD, Jean M. Reading, MA, Allison M. Scott, PhD, Cynthia H. Chuang, MD, Benjamin H. Levi, MD, PhD. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. July 2016, ahead of print.
A research article providing support for My Gift of Grace and the value of conversation to improve people’s readiness for death.

Conversation Game Effectively Engages Groups of Individuals in Discussions about Death and Dying,” Van Scoy Lauren Jodi, Reading Jean M., Scott Allison M., Green Michael J., and Levi Benjamin H.. Journal of Palliative Medicine. March 2016, ahead of print. doi:10.1089/jpm.2015.0390.
A research article providing support for My Gift of Grace and the value of conversation to improve people’s readiness for death.

Dream Foundation’s Wish Granting Program
The procedures for wish-granting by the Dream Foundation, the only national wish-granting organization for adults in the country.

Eagleman, David – Audio excerpt Sum – Forty Tales from the Afterlives
The book Sum proposes forty alternate versions of potential afterlives. This audio recording is of one of them, in which the average amount of time people spend on different things is tallied and reordered to be lived one activity at a time.

Giles, Chrissie. “How do you tell someone they’re dying?” – from Mosaic – Web 13 Jan. 2015.
An article about the ways doctors are trained to deliver bad news to patients and how different forms of communicating the news affects the patients and their families.

Hume, David, Esq. The Life of David Hume, Esq. ebook, first published 1777.
A short memoir written by David Hume when he knew he was going to die.

Krantz, Rachel. “I Simulated My Own Death and Here’s What I Learned”
An article on the lessons learned by personally simulating one’s own death.

Kübler-Ross Model / The Five Stages of Grief
One of the most popularly known models for how people cope with grief, with five nonlinear stages: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.

McCarthy, Ellen. “Dying is hard. Death doulas want to help make it easier.”The Washington Post.
An article about the emerging role of voluntary “death doulas” who aid dying people and their loved ones on the transition from life to death.

My Gift of Grace
A card game designed to facilitate conversations around dying and living well.

A set of personality quizzes/descriptions based on different psychological evaluative methods.

Pearson, Patricia. “The dying often know they’re going to go.” Life & Style. Web 24 Sept. 2014.
An article about the uncanny ability of people – even those who without terminal prognoses – to know within 72 hours that they’re about to die and to start talking about travel in relationship to the imminent death.

Red Bastard – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014
A performance that heavily utilized audience interaction, to the extent of pressuring select audience members to take actions that would impact their life outside the show.

Sacks, Oliver. “My Own Life: Oliver Sacks Learning He Has Terminal Cancer.” The New York Times 19 Feb. 2015.
Author Oliver Sacks writes peacefully about his feelings knowing he would die imminently.

Shafrir, Doree. “I Went To My Own Digital Funeral.” BuzzFeed News 26 Sept. 2016.
Author considers what’ll be left behind of her digitally when she dies and has a digital funeral curated for her by the Hereafter Institute.

Shoulda Been Dead” – This American Life Episode 20 Act 1
Interview with Wired founder Kevin Kelly which was the inspiration for The End, about his life-changing journey resultant from living as if he was going to die in six months.

“The Cathedral” – RadioLab 28 Dec 2015.
Podcast about video game That Dragon Cancer created about the designer’s experience watching his young child die of terminal cancer.

“What Makes Us Roleplay? – Why Game Worlds Feel Real” – Extra Credits
A video about techniques role playing games use to make players fully invest in their character’s actions and their consequences.

Von, Theo. “Crank Texts”
An explanation of how comedian Theo Von created the wildly popular website of thousands of successful conversations held by texting anonymous numbers.

Yalom, Irving D. Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death. PDF
A book written by an existential psychiatrist who specializes in helping patients overcome death anxiety.