We are creating a set of custom-designed printed postcards that we'll send to you randomly so that you'll be reminded that you're going to die.
Okay wait, scratch that. That’s too harsh.
If you're brave enough to buy a subscription, you'll get random postcard mailings that will remind you that time flies. Hora Fugit.
Why do we think you need a reminder?
Because we work in hospice and deal with death every day and yet even we forget how precious our time is.
Let’s try a little quiz.
Score one point if you never seem to find the time to get together with that friend you haven’t seen in a long time.
Add a point if you binge watch anything on Netflix.
Add a point if you can’t believe how old you are.
Add a point if you have a box of stuff in your house that you haven’t opened in over ten years.
Add a point if you are ever a distracted driver.
We could keep going, but you get the idea.
It’s surprisingly easy to take our time, our health and even our own life for granted.
It’s TIME to pay attention. No one wants to think about life and death too much. It’s heavy stuff. But once in a while… it’s good to evaluate. To contemplate. To sink in.
If I died today, would I be okay with that?
You subscribe to whatever you think you can handle. One reminder is enough – or do you need the full kit and caboodle – a year’s worth. It would be interesting to see if a year’s worth of reminders makes a difference & helps to keep you focused on what matters.
I has been wanting to do this project for several years but didn't have the guts until I met Jerry Soucy. He’s a hospice worker too and talented with illustrating to make a point. We've made a pact and we promise you – No skulls. We’re not trying to be morbid here. There might be some humor because it makes this bitter pill of “thinking about death” a little easier to swallow.
Here's an example of one of our postcards:
Getting mail is fun. I love postcards and always have. I lived overseas when I was growing up and the only way we had to keep in touch was mail. Good postcards are hard to find, so I've been designing my own for years.
About Jerry & how he got roped into this
Jerry Soucy is a registered nurse certified in palliative care and hospice, helping patients and families understand their options for medical treatment in serious illness, and achieve their goals for care at end of life.
He was the primary caregiver for his wife Jeanne, through her decline and death from Alzheimer’s, an experience that also informs the educational programs he develops for caregivers, clinicians, and the community. He draws cartoons, tries to make videos, hopes to start a podcast, and writes about serious illness, end of life, and other topics at his blog, deathnurse.com.
Jerry followed Lizzy’s work at Pallimed.org. A chance visit to Columbus, Ohio led to their meeting, this first Kickstarter Project (for him), and some crispy fried chicken!
Risks and challenges
This is my fourth Kickstarter campaign. I've done two other successful postcard campaigns. The costs are fixed. The biggest risk would be if Jerry or I die before we get all the postcards out. Outrageous? Maybe. But the WHOLE POINT of this campaign is acknowledging that we can't be certain about our mortality. My dear friend Jon Underwood who started the Death Cafe (which was my first Kickstarter) died last year at the age of 44. Even though we talked about making the most of our 'finite lives' neither of us really thought we were going to die in the next five years. I miss him dearly. If Jerry dies before he completes the artwork, then I guess some of the postcards won't have his art. If I die first, well... I'll have a succession plan for Jerry to finish the mailings. I'm sure he would write a personal note...
Another risk is that if you don't know exactly when the postcards are coming then you won't know if you didn't get it. I'll post updates a few weeks after each mailing to let people know they should have received their postcard for that month.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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