3 Decks of Cards Designed to Bring People Together

These card games have been mindfully reimagined to be more inclusive, relational, and healing.

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Cards for Mortality

A new deck of cards aims to deliver community-based end-of-life planning for Chinese-Americans. Reported in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the cards are used in gatherings called Heart to Heart Cafés, which encourage meaningful conversations about death and end-of-life care. Groups are led through a card game with end-of-life prompts written out in both Chinese and English. The prompts cover spiritual, financial, social, and physical concerns, with participants choosing which cards are most important to them. Facilitator Leyan Li says the game has a twofold emphasis: to open up conversations about end-of-life wishes, and to help empower more people to fill out advance directives

Off with Their Heads

Traditional gender norms are toppled in the Gold Silver Bronze deck, created by Dutch card fan Indy Mellink. Seeing how existing playing cards reinforce sexist gender hierarchy, she dreamed up a genderless deck of playing cards which takes the antiquated images of king, queen, and jack and transforms them into gold, silver, and bronze.

Parents are People, Too

At their core, games are a way for people to bond, and a new card game, Parents Are Human, brings a deeper sense of bonding to family game night. Cofounder Joseph Lam created this bilingual game as a way to learn about his aging parents while bridging the language barrier as
a first-generation Chinese-American. Parents Are Human is a game that aims to build relationships and express feelings of love and gratitude that can often go unsaid.


Kids and Teens

An Appreciation Game for Kids 

Building thankfulness and appreciation into the fabric of your family is a gift your kids can rely on when they are faced with disappointment. Read More 

  • Susan Kaiser Greenland
  • December 22, 2016