“It’s amazing how this project has unknowingly reunited our family in powerful ways”: The HappyUrns initiative

"It's amazing how this project has unknowingly reunited our family in powerful ways": The HappyUrns initiative

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“What is something that brought you joy today?” That’s the question one is encouraged to contemplate as one explores the website of HappyUrns (https://happyurns.org/), an initiative to help different groups of Singaporeans engage meaningfully with death and end-of-life topics with their loved ones. With team members Amanda Swee and Adya Sadanand, we have a thoughtful conversation about their three projects – “Residents’ Urns”, the “Celebration Kit”; and the “Life in a Year Book” – and for each project you’ll hear powerful stories and reflections of their design experiences and interpersonal interactions. This episode is a great complement to an earlier episode with representatives of “Both Sides, Now”, who work to normalise end-of-life conversations through artistic projects and public engagement

HappyUrns is currently running a competition titled, “Reinterpreting the Urn: A Symbol of Celebration” (https://happyurns.org/a-happy-urns-competition/). Singaporeans of all ages and backgrounds are welcomed to create a design to give “new and personal meaning to the urn and transform it into a symbol that represents celebration and appreciation of life.”

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