Trends by Stefanie Schillmöller and her research in Good Grief
The WeCroak app is a smartphone app based on the Bhutanese principle that to live a happy life, one must meditate on one's own death five times a day. So, at five random times a day, users receive a notification and a quote, reminding them of their inevitable death.
The WeCroak app is inspired by a Bhutanese folk saying: to be a happy person, one must contemplate death five times daily.
Some people have lamented that the app is morbid, but creator Hansa Bergwall says the daily reminders about our impermanence help people to live better. Palliative care specialists have told Bergwall that they love it, because it helps bring up death in a non-emergency context. Others report it motivated them to put down their phones and avoid spending too much time on social media.
"It's one thing to understand intellectually that you're going to die. The WeCroack app is showing me that it's quite another to live your life with that in mind. It shows me that I can have a healthy relationship with death - one that doesn't always entail living in fear."
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