A designer pioneering a human-centric approach to the experience of dying, bereavement and grief
The grief following his best friend’s death from suicide at 17 motivated Ivor Williams to improve the way people experience death and bereavement, regardless of background, wealth or education. Believing that “society does not allow us to die well”, he realised human-centric design could prove transformative.
Designing end-of-life care projects at The Helix Centre in St Mary’s Hospital includes personalised emergency care planning tool ReSPECT. Now, a focus on hospice care uses design technology to transform healthcare outcomes and meet the psychosocial needs of children and adults.
From tech-for-good start-up, Humane Engineering, comes Cove, a digital support tool for young people experiencing bereavement. Now available from the NHS app library, it has been named among The Guardian’s 'best mental health apps' and downloaded over 60,000 times. “In conjunction with professional therapy, it is the goal of Cove to empower young people to self-express and grow from their experiences”.
Ivor Williams is determined to propel the notion of 'design for death and dying' into public awareness and to make lasting, positive impact on one of the most complex of human experiences.