Where do you see yourself when you reach the end of your life? This is a question that terrifies me and most likely you. Nobody likes to think about the day they are going to die or getting the news of a terminal illness. We no longer have to live our last days in a hospital bed wishing and dreaming of being elsewhere. Virtual reality (VR) is an avenue to enrichment that can help us reshape palliative care.
The start of virtual reality
In 1984, the concept, virtual reality was invented by Jaron Lanier, founder of VPL Research, to describe augmented computer simulation. Since then, VR has made advancements in video games, business, and most importantly, healthcare. VR has helped doctors and hospitals enhance treatments in rehabilitation, pain management, and mental health. One area of healthcare in which VR has the potential to be life-altering is end-of-life care. This post aims to highlight the importance of VR in healthcare, the positive impact it has already made for some, and the future of the technology for a person’s end-of-life journey. Although MARS VR Lab predominantly focused on applying VR in pediatrics, I believe there are applications worth exploring for all ages and abilities.