'That Dragon, Cancer' takes you deep into a family's loss

Bereaved parents Ryan and Amy Green on how building a video game has helped them through their grieving process.
In 2010, when Joel Green was just one year old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. (thatdragoncancer.com)

They still think about his chuckle, his sobs, and his love of pancakes.

Joel Green, the beloved son of Ryan and Amy Green, died of cancer when he was only five. As they loved and ultimately lost their child, the Greens channeled their grief into That Dragon, Cancer — a powerful, interactive video game that takes users deep into their gut-wrenching experience. 

On the week of its release, the couple joins guest host Gill Deacon to describe how it feels when something that "happens to other people" happens to your family, how their creative project has helped them cope, and the uncertainty they face as this sustaining project comes to an end.

WEB EXTRA | Watch the game trailer for That Dragon, Cancer, which is now available to play. The project is part of a growing movement of empathy games that deal with serious, even startling themes.