Rachel entered The EXIT EARTH Short Story Competition, of which she was a finalist, with her work, ‘How To Curate a Life.’ It explores and opens up the fascinating discussion about what happens to our online lives after we die in a short story format.
If you could send a letter to your great-grandchildren, what would you say?
The idea of leaving messages for our loved ones is not new; it's probably as old as writing. Today using digital platforms we can create, store and send messages to the future simply and quickly.
If you could post an "I Love You" to the future who would you write to, what would you say and when would you want it delivered?
You can do that with GabrielsVault, a generational message platform.
What is the soundtrack to your life? Using this new life story curation website, you can now list and share the song and memories that make your life memorable using www.mylastsoundtrack.com
It's the coolest place on the web to craft your legacy and it's driven by music!
Jane Duncan Rogers is an award-winning Life and Death coach who helps people prepare well for the best ending of life possible. Having been in the field of psychotherapy and personal growth for more than 25 years, she is also the author of Gifted By Grief: A True Story of Cancer, Loss and Rebirth and Before I Go: Practical Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Die. She founded Before I Go Solutions in 2016. We chat about the role of digital technology in the world of grief and the upcoming training course for Before I Go, practitioners.
Paula Kiel is a PhD candidate in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. She is thinking and researching how contemporary media blur boundaries and challenges established categories such as local and global or presence and absence - and even life and death. Her curiosity with these issues brought her to consider how digital media is involved in death-related practices (such as public mourning and memorialisation) today.
Qeepr - Ensuring A Loved One's Legacy Lives On(line) Forever.
The Qeepr Team has created an interactive story-telling platform that allows you to fill in the “dash” of your life or a loved one with memories, messages, photos, smiles and laughter. You now have the ability to become a Qeepr to preserve and share the legacy of your predecessors. Qeepr is a social media site dedicated to memorialising the lives of the departed with the aid of modern technology.
Bounce Works have created an interactive game to help families cope with life limiting illness, death and grief. Apart of Me is a safe virtual space that helps families find their way through grief. Apart of Me is based on the research that shows talking with children openly and honestly but in an age-sensitive way about death and dying can prevent them from developing entrenched, complex feelings around their loss. Apart of Me helps families by developing emotional literacy and wisdom around death. It helps by curating a secure digital memory box of your loved one. Also, it helps by finding and connecting with other people in similar situations, a way to not feel alone in a difficult situation. In its prototype form, Apart of Me is launching its next phase through an IndieGoGo launch.
Live - Prepare - Remember with Memorialize Me
We have all been touched by the passing of someone we care about deeply. These experiences have highlighted how difficult and painful this can be for those left to mourn and grieve. Memorialize Me aims to help our users better prepare themselves and their loved ones for their inevitable passing. You can use MemorializeMe on your computer or download the free iPhone app to use your account wherever you are. Memorialize Me also provides a wealth of in depth, timely, and relevant death care related information to their user community. They provide applications, tools and reference materials to those in need of death care related services.
LivesArchived - Securing Your Life Story Online
You present the materials—personal papers, letters, clippings, art work, compositions, drawings, plans, photos and videos. LivesArchived provides a safe, permanent, public archive for them. They ensure transparency about where the information is stored and who stores it. Whether you want to create a work portfolio, family archive, ancestral history, personal library or loved one’s memorial, LivesArchived will meet your needs.
In this interview, I chat with Marnie Summerfield Smith, a full-time memoir writer. We talk about how there is no such thing as an inconsequential life and no reason why everyone should leave some kind of record of their life story as a legacy for the future.
Marnie explains a 3 step process to writing your memories and also options of what to do with the memoir when it is finished. If you have ever thought about penning a few lines of your life this episode will give you the tools and hopefully the inspiration to start.
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.
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.
“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."
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.
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.
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.
Securing Your Digital Legacy - Vivala.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.
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?
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.