A video game to cope with grief | Amy Green

When Amy Green’s young son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, she made up a bedtime story for his siblings to teach them about cancer. What resulted was a video game, “That Dragon, Cancer,” which takes players on a journey they can’t win. In this beautiful talk about coping with loss, Green brings joy and play to tragedy. “We made a game that’s hard to play,” she says, “because the hardest moments of our lives change us more than any goal we could ever accomplish.”

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32 thoughts on “A video game to cope with grief | Amy Green”

  1. That Dragon, Cancer was such a sad story. When Joel was crying in the hospital, it gave me a headache of how heartbreaking it was. When it came to the cards in the hospital, that was when I cried the most. The game is especially sad when you're watching a Youtube video of someone playing it, because they usually tell their own stories as well. This game was truly moving, and I loved it.

  2. I found this story heart breaking. The mother wanted to share their experience thru a video game program. I looked up the app in the app store on my IPhone. It's $4.99. What's up with that? What is this money being used for?

    I find this to be bullshit!

  3. Do you think there cab be more things like this? A game to help you gain.confidence, a game meditate, a game you sleep, a game to let go of nasty memories or help fight depression?

  4. I would really recommend watching the play through of this game, if you don't want to play it hands on. This is such an incredibly beautiful game, it's a game I'll never forget

  5. Whatever. Excessive drinking has been a method of coping with grief employed by humanity for millennia. I see no reason to change to this newfangled "video game" thing.

  6. I'm so sorry for your loss sweetie, I know what you are going threw, We just lost my neice that had cancer threw out her body and it started out with ovarian cancer. and then she got colon cancer and glanular cancer and bladder cancer and it went back to the colon cancer and to her liver, it just spread threw her whole body like a wild fire, we sat and watched her die slowly and in a lot of pain. we sat there watching her suffer from the pain, and we could do nothing to help her, my whole family and I feel like our hearts were ripped out of our chest, a lot of pain and sarrow, a lot of sadness, you never know when its your time because cancer has no heart, it will wipe you out

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