If you have been to a funeral or memorial service lately, you may have noticed that things have changed. Instead of a sad room of weeping mourners, there is often—not always—a lighter and more upbeat approach to the death of a loved one.
Whether this is a result of the Internet and all things digital or a reflection of a society where everyone wants to be a bit quirky and yet retain some sense of control, even in death, there are now new “death” apps and other services that help people plan their own funeral in advance and take the burden off their mourning loved ones. You can list all your media accounts, store the passwords and close the online banking, ezine or newspaper subscriptions, and shopping accounts. Perhaps it is because Boomers and even younger people have an issue about being “authentic,” so why not carry that interest over to their passing.
Some of the new apps are designed to help you organize your estate plan and funeral requests. Your survivors may still be in shock and distress, but at least they can find the plan you outlined for your own funeral and be sure that plan is carried out. There are apps that let you write your own eulogy and include photos or a video as your legacy.
Without endorsing any of these apps, here are some short descriptions of the end of life services currently available. Some may seem a bit creepy, others promise to send you an email every month to be sure you are still alive! If there is no response, they will send out the letters and other documents you have asked them to keep for you.
Remember-me.co allows you to celebrate life and love by providing a way to pass on messages to loved ones after your death. They say they are “using the technology of today for peace of mind later.”
Afternote.com offers templates for tributes about yourself and saves them to your account, make funeral wishes known and leave goodbye messages. Information is stored privately as long as you lives and offer support for your loved ones after your death.
My wonderfullife.com is a planning, messaging and memorial site that helps plan end of life and after life services. Here you can leave letters for friends, list your wishes, arrange for pet care, and design your own headstone.
While all this planning may seem a bit too much, according to a computer security service, the average internet user has 90 online accounts. When a person dies, these pages do not die with him or her. With the proper after life app, you CAN live forever, at least online!