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We Created a Game to Support Young People When Someone They Love Has a Terminal Illness

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Just consider what kind of impact you think this might have on your 15-year old self?

But I also noticed that the young people who were able to come and see me were already using their digital devices in unstructured ways to curate memories of their loved ones who were dying.

I always remember one young person flicking through on his badly cracked screen pictures of him and his friends drinking in the park, pictures of him kissing a girl, until he eventually got to the pictures he really wanted to show me, of him in hospital with his dying but smiling mum.

I teamed up with Ben Page, a software developer in the financial industry who was looking for a way to use his technical abilities to have a genuine social impact.

And in lower socio-economic areas, children are statistically less likely to engage in traditional counselling.

On top of this strain on resources, taboos around death and dying leave many children without honest, appropriate conversations.

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