當醫學界及殯葬業倡議改善善終及其他服務時，我們也可以從生活角度，以設計探索生死議題。在社創基金資助下，啟民創社於 2017 年開展了為期兩年的社創設計室計劃。 從計劃的首個項目 —— 死物習作(Fine Dying)，我們希望透過一件與用者距離最親近的物件 ——「死物」(The Objects of Death)，在告別儀式中讓家人表達對先人的最後思念和情感，同時進一步了解香港殯葬服務的文化背景、城市規劃，甚至解決未來人口老化、土地短缺等問題，為大眾市民提供更多「死好啲」的選擇和討論。社創設計室計劃找來了一班 Enablers：包括 200 多位設計學生和 100多位老年人，從香港生死殯葬議題切入，進行了不同程度的跨代共創歷程，過程中產生約 200 個死物意念，當中選擇「撒而不留」的願望，成為啟民創社與設計顧問專業團隊 Milk Design，正在共同為未來花園葬服務發展的新死物系列的靈感。
What is Fine Dying ?
When medical doctors and funeral care experts are working on Good Death, we, design researchers and designers, should take a creative path to provoke a better dying experience from lifestyle perspectives. This is why we started the project of Fine Dying. With support from HKSAR Government’s Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development (SIE) Fund, Enable Foundation launched a two-year Social Innovation Design Lab (SI.DLab) programme. As the debut project, we decided to focus on developing “The Objects of Death” , which we believe can enable Hong Kong citizens to investigate and explore both the functional and emotional sides of end-of-life and burial services. We would like to prototype ideas with the current burial system and also assoicate with various future urban issues, such as ageing population, land shortage, and most importantly, the citizen’s voice on “Fine Dying“.
Fine Dying Project gathered a group of Enablers, including 200 design students and 100 elders to co-create approximately 200 ideas about death through a series of immersive design journeys of different generations on the death and funeral issues in Hong Kong. These co-created new ideas inspired new directions for “letting them go”. For example, scattering cremated ashes of deceased relatives at memorial gardens or ocean, designed by our design mentor, Milk Design, a professional product design studio from Hong Kong. Together, we are currently developing a spectrum of tools for garden burial ceremony.