EP27 - How To Preserve Your Unique Life Story with TSOLife

EP27 - How To Preserve Your Unique Life Story with TSOLife

An Interview with David Sawyer Founder & CEO of TSOLIFE

TSOLife focuses on creating innovative ways to preserve a legacy and pass down life stories for future generations. Our mission is that no grandchild should have to wonder what their grandparent was like. Our unique solutions create the most personalised way to pass down personal stories that families will share and cherish for generations.

EP26 - This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy Lesson #4

EP26 - This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy Lesson #4

A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND DAYS

Look at an old photograph. 
A frozen moment in time.
A time that lives again. 
They live again.

They say a picture paints a thousand words. I say they paint a thousand days. The people in the photograph, though they may no longer be alive, live as you look into their faces. You see their smiles; you can hear in your mind the way they laughed one more time. You can relive that day, that moment, that minute as though they were still here and time had stood still. A thousand days in one image.

EP25 - This Is Lesson Three of What I Learned From 106 Funerals About Life & Digital Legacy

EP25 - This Is Lesson Three of What I Learned From 106 Funerals About Life & Digital Legacy
“Western funerals: black hearses, and black horses, and fast-fading flowers. Why should black be the colour of death? Why not the colours of a sunset?

— Daniele Varè, The Maker of Heavenly Trousers

"Talking about sex will not get you pregnant, neither will talking about a funeral kill you."

Said Gail Rubin, founder of A Good Goodbye

She is right. From my experience, people rarely speak of death. In 106 funerals conducted in the last six months, only a handful of families knew the wishes of their loved one. When they did, it made such a difference. It does not matter how old you are, plan your funeral. 

EP24 - This Is Lesson Two of What I Learned From 106 Funerals About Life & Digital Legacy

EP24 - This Is Lesson Two of What I Learned From 106 Funerals About Life & Digital Legacy

Lesson Two - Life Is Short

We cannot judge a song by its duration
Nor by the number of its notes;
We must judge it by the way
it touches and lifts our souls.
Sometimes those unfinished
are among the most beautiful.

In the last six months, I have written 106 funeral services. Wrapped up in the mystery of those unwelcome days, are four valuable lessons I have learned. Lessons about life and how you can leave a digital legacy for your family. This is lesson two.

EP23 - This Is Lesson One of What I Learned From 106 Funeral About Life & Digital Legacy

EP23 - This Is Lesson One of What I Learned From 106 Funeral About Life & Digital Legacy

This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy

Helping 106 families face death teaches you about life. Death comes to us all. It comes mostly at times when you least expect it. It comes to the old, the sick, the young and the healthy. It comes. It will come to you.

In the last six months, I have written 106 funeral services. Wrapped up in the mystery of those unwelcome days, are four valuable lessons I have learned. Lessons about life and how you can leave a digital legacy for your family.

EP22- Every Person Has A Story Worth Writing - The Legacy Recorder with Gael Gilliland

EP22- Every Person Has A Story Worth Writing  - The Legacy Recorder with Gael Gilliland

The Legacy Recorder was created to give people the opportunity to write down their stories. Using simple storytelling methods, families can work together to capture their stories. Regardless of age, everyone has something to contribute. I believe that by working together, families will change the conversations within their own lives and go on to impact how other families interact.

EP21 - Vivala.Me "Let's Celebrate Life" & Secure Our Digital Legacy - Marcin Gnat

EP21 - Vivala.Me "Let's Celebrate Life" & Secure Our Digital Legacy - Marcin Gnat

Securing Your Digital LegacyVivala.me is an easy to use platform that allows you to control exactly what happens to all of your documents, images, videos and more after you have died. You are able to pass on control to the right person at the right time. When it comes to the thousands of digital assets you own, your photos, documents, passwords, accounts, videos and other items, you are now able to control exactly what happens to each and every one of these precious memories and make sure they end up in the right hands at the right time.

EP20 - Controlling How Your Life Will Be Remembered with Stephanie Longmuir & myendnotes

EP20 - Controlling How Your Life Will Be Remembered with Stephanie Longmuir & myendnotes

Stephanie Longmuir is a Funeral Celebrant and founder of my endnotes.com, Australia's first digital funeral planning service. Over the last seven years, she has led over 900 funeral and memorial services. myendnotes is developed in response to the hundreds of families that she met who wished they had asked all those important questions of their loved one while there was still time.

In this interview, we chat about all things being a funeral celebrant in Australia, live streaming funerals and how the funeral industry is inevitably heading online.

EP19 - How To Do Social Media As A Funeral Business with Tina Shang & Jayson Davis

EP19 - How To Do Social Media As A Funeral Business with Tina Shang & Jayson Davis

Tina Shang and Jayson Davis are the founders of Jang Consulting. They specialise in social media solutions for organizations based on each firm's unique business goals.

In this episode we talk about how innovative funeral businesses are using a weekly live Facebook program to reach new customers and how to grow the digital impact of your funeral business using social media.

Jang Consulting have significant experience in working with the funeral industry. Whether you want your funeral business to reach to out to your community, increase followers, or drive targeted leads to your website, they can help, advise and create packages to suit all business levels.

EP18 - Creating Strategic Partnerships For Digital Legacy Planning - Dov Sugarman Safe Beyond

EP18 - Creating Strategic Partnerships For Digital Legacy Planning - Dov Sugarman Safe Beyond

Dov Sugarman is the Strategic Partnerships Manager at SafeBeyond.

Safe Beyond is an advanced legacy management service. The platform provides an innovative online and mobile app solution for the easy and secure management of your life story and your meaningful digital content, with enhanced distribution capabilities for the future delivery of personalised messages, and digital assets. You decide when, where and with whom your messages and other digital assets will be shared.

In this episode, I chat with Dov about building strategic partnerships with other industries to educate, engage and create opportunities for people to know about and use the Safe Beyond platform.

Ep17 - Digital Legacy Estate Planning with Tim Snaith - Private Client Lawyer

Ep17 - Digital Legacy Estate Planning with Tim Snaith - Private Client Lawyer

Tim Snaith is a Partner in Winckworth Sherwood’s Private Client team, regularly advising on trusts, estates and succession planning (including the many tax issues that arise with the same, along with the problems presented by the loss of mental capacity). Tim was recently named as one of the UK's top 35 private client lawyers under the age of 35.

With a diverse client base including individuals, trustees, beneficiaries and executors, his clients are both UK-based and those with connections abroad. Tim often works alongside other professionals of other disciplines such as accountants, investment managers and independent financial advisers. His most recent Huffington post article was
The Death Taboo - What’s Your Digital Legacy?

Ep16 - Creating a "Memontage" for your Digital Legacy with Noa Zehavi Raz

Ep16 - Creating a "Memontage" for your Digital Legacy with Noa Zehavi Raz

Memontage is a digital memorial platform where you can upload any kind of memory of a loved one who passed away, a photo that always makes you laugh, a link to a song they sang off key or a recipe of a cake that smells like home.

This site invites you to invoke the senses and create a Memontage that tells a story using smells, tastes, sights, sounds and flavours. You do not need to have old memorabilia in hand but just think back and find representations of each memory. It's a new way to store your digital legacy.
 

Ep15 - What Are Your Final Wishes? Telling Your Story Online With Andrew Smith

Ep15 - What Are Your Final Wishes? Telling Your Story Online With Andrew Smith

It all started in 2010 when Andrew Smith ended up in the hospital for 6 days. There is nothing like sitting in a hospital bed to get you thinking about life and death! Andrew decided he needed to write his final wishes down. He got to thinking about the celebration he would like, the photos he’d want shared, and the music he’d like played. But where can I write this all down? In that moment the Final Wish website and platform was born. Final Wish is a place to collect and share the stories of a life and more importantly how you would want to be remembered. 

Ep14 - Talking About Death Won't Kill You - Kathy Kortes-Miller

Ep14 - Talking About Death Won't Kill You - Kathy Kortes-Miller

Kathy Kortes-Miller thinks about dying and death a lot! She knows it helps her to embrace life full on. She is an unconventional death educator with a passion for palliative care and improving the end of life care for all. Kathy has been teaching and researching at Lakehead University for over a decade inspiring and challenging the future healthcare providers of tomorrow to be prepared to care for individuals who are dying and their families in all healthcare settings. In this episode, we chat palliative care and social media, digital legacy and the odd good drinking song! 

Ep13 - This Is How To Create Memories Online & Help Charities - Echoleft

Ep13 - This Is How To Create Memories Online & Help Charities - Echoleft

In this episode, I chat with Max Shelly of Echoleft.

Echoleft brings together every part of a life story in one place. Photo albums in drawers and cupboards, family overseas, stories told in a forgotten email. Bring them all together for everyone to look back on through this online memorial site builder. Now, you can show children and grandchildren the impact of a loved one's life through a beautiful website. Unlike social networks, Echoleft keeps your memories private, in your control and free of advertising. Echoleft also helps others by selecting a charity and accepting memorial donations with one click. 

 

 

Ep10 - How Is Grief And Bereavement Expressed On Facebook?

Ep10 - How Is Grief And Bereavement Expressed On Facebook?

"Expressions of grief on Facebook: Navigating discomfort, persistent identity, and public memorialization" was a qualitative study that explored concepts of online identity and memorialization in relation to Facebook users' mourning practices. In-depth interviews were conducted and analyzed for emergent themes as part of Molly Kalan's master's thesis. In this interview, we chat about how Facebook helps and sometimes hinders the mourning process for people today.

 

Ep9 - Does Digital Immortality Affect How People Grieve? - Debra Bassett Phd Researcher On Digital Immortality

Ep9 - Does Digital Immortality Affect How People Grieve? - Debra Bassett Phd Researcher On Digital Immortality

Debra Bassett a PhD research student from Warwick University, England chats about the development of social networks and websites that provide digital opportunities to remember loved ones. She is studying how these may or may not help with the process of grieving. 


"The fact that we are all going to die is an indisputable reality of the human condition. Whilst the beginning of our lives are celebrated, discussed and chronicled, death and dying have become medicalized, sanitized and whispered about in many Western cultures."