A man and woman having a conversation


Written by Sharon Verbeten


In short, a California author named Ken Kolsbun — among his books is Peace: The Biography of a Symbol — is seeking funds (about $11,000 to be exact) to fund his latest project, a board game about the funeral profession.


For those unfamiliar, Kickstarter is what’s known as a crowdfunding site — seeking money from investors (as much or as little as you can pledge) to support the project. There may be many people, for example, willing to pledge $25 or $50 in support, but not able to give thousands.


It may not always be a great way to raise all the funds you need to launch your project, but it often gives you an idea of how good (or bad) your idea is based on the response. I personally think this is a great idea and a great way to open family discussions about preneed, funeral planning and other pertinent end-of-life issues.


Like Kolsbun, I agree that death is a taboo topic; maybe this game could have quite a few applications where it could provide levity, incite conversation and discuss some very important opinions. I envision it being played at nursing homes, not as a morose grim reaper game, but as a way to laugh at life’s impending end. There’s no doubt it would be a novelty game — played more as a joke than as a serious discussion starter. But, hey, if they can sell silly board games about sponges that wear underwear (SpongeBob SquarePants) and truly creepy ones like the Ouija board, why not turn this topic into one as well.


Funeral directors would be likely investors in this project, if for no other reason than to get more exposure to the funeral profession. Any publicity is good publicity, in my opinion. And it wouldn’t do anyone any harm to laugh at death in the face, would it?

Freelance writer/editor Sharon Verbeten has written about the funeral profession — in trade journals and online — for more than 20 years. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.


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