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ReFind: design, lived experience and ongoingness in bereavement

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kyle Montague, Tom Duncan, Luis Carvalho, Dr Kellie Morrissey, Linnea Groot, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD


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We describe the design and use of ReFind, a handheld artefact made for people who are bereaved and are ready to re-explore their relationship to the deceased person. ReFind was made within a project seeking to develop new ways to curate and create digital media to support ongoingness – an active, dynamic component of continuing bonds. We draw on bereavement theory and care championing practices that enable a continued sense of connection between someone bereaved and a person who has died. We present the design development of ReFind and the lived experience of the piece by the first author. We discuss our wider methodology which includes autobiographical design and reflections on if and how the piece supported ongoing connections, the challenges faced, and insights gained.

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Author(s): Wallace J, Montague K, Duncan T, Carvalho L, Koulidou N, Mahoney J, Morrissey K, Craig C, Groot L, Lawson S, Olivier P, Trueman J, Fisher H

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’20)

Year of Conference: 2020

Pages: 1-12

Print publication date: 24/04/2020

Online publication date: 24/04/2020

Acceptance date: 28/02/2020

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/3313831.3376531

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ISBN: 9781450367080