After-Life Planning: Thoughts from the Experts

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In the modern age, after-life planning often means more than just writing your will. Passwords need to be collected, letters need to be written, and information needs to be saved. Luckily, there are a variety of tools and organizations ready to help you with the process.

From sending posthumous letters to your loved ones to preserving a digital copy of yourself, there are countless ways you can pass information on to those you leave behind. Below you’ll find a collection of interviews from some of the industry’s top experts. We asked each of them about the importance of after-life planning, their approach, and the advice they give to their customers. Here are their responses to help you choose the best after-life planning service for your needs.

The Experts:


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Evan Carroll – The Digital Beyond

What is your approach to after-life planning?

TheDigitalBeyond.com is an online resource to help individuals understand what happens to their digital life when they pass away. We do not offer planning services ourselves, however we do provide advice about digital estate planning and provide a comprehensive index of digital estate planning services.

What should a planner look for in an after-life website?

Those preparing their estate plans should look ensure they use the site that best meets their needs. Sites offer various features, from managing your digital account passwords to keeping a record of your final wishes. Before selecting a site, consider your wishes and find a site that can best accommodate your wishes. Also be sure to consult your attorney.

If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be?

Our advice is to make sure you at least cover the basics of estate planning. There are many nuances and complexities, but fundamentally you need to make sure your family knows your wishes. So if you do nothing else, please be sure to make your family aware of your wishes.

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Boris Blagojevich – MyGoodbyeMessage

What is your approach to after-life planning?

Life is fast in the world of today. Pressured by everyday troubles, we rarely have enough time to invest in what is really important – our loved ones, family and friends. There are always so many words unspoken, misunderstandings and quarrels unresolved, emotions not expressed, thoughts not shared and messages not communicated. When the time comes for us to leave this world, these become something that makes the difference, and the only things that matter. MyGoodbyeMessage helps you, as our member, to make sure all these emotions, in the form most suitable for your particular needs and preferences, will find their path to the hearts and minds of those left behind. It has been achieved through a specially designed service and easy-to-use web and mobile applications for personal letters creation and delivery after you are no longer with us.

What makes your company unique?

MyGoodbyeMessage has a vision of our members being able to send their words and emotions to family and friends after they are no longer able to. This is not just a convenience of sending messages when you have passed away – MyGoodbyeMessage is much more. It is your personal digital time capsule. Leave a mark, express your thoughts, emotions, achievements and everything you want people to hear. Emphasize it by selecting message theme with beautiful, elegant backgrounds, colors and fonts. Give it a completely new dimension by adding multimedia, documents and other content to each letter. Simplicity of the idea behind MyGoodbyeMessage, along with technically perfected applications, infrastructure and background services, makes it one of the best tools for after-life planning.

What features does your site offer?

MyGoodbyeMessage is an online, interactive service that gives you the opportunity to write beautiful personal letters to be delivered either after a predefined period of time, or when you pass away. It works in cycles of customizable periods of time. After a cycle is completed, you will be notified a couple of times to postpone the delivery (simple, one-click action) and to start a new cycle. If you decide not to extend the delivery time, or if for any reason you are not able to do it, each of your letters will be delivered to its respective recipients. Every letter can be addressed to one or more persons, there is no limitation in number of messages, and you can attach various content and files to each message. Since we live in a mobile and connected world, there are also free iPhone, Android and Windows Phone mobile applications to help you access MyGoodbyeMessage notifications, settings and status anytime, anywhere. We are also preparing applications for tablet devices so our members will be able to create letters in the most comfortable way available today.

What should a planner look for in an after-life website?

From our experience, a lot of research and thorough planning of our own service, we came up with a couple of most important characteristics of similar websites. First of all, it has to provide clear and simple, self-explanatory user interface for every feature. Some of the users might not be technically proficient, and rather than focusing on the site itself, their attention must be on expressing their emotions, setting their things in order, providing precise instructions for heirs or whatever the idea of the site is. Another aspect is the ability to make sure that the planned actions will really happen once the user passes away, and only then. Since automation is very important, there has to be some mechanism that should set the “trigger” at the right time. For example, MyGoodbyeMessage sends a lot of configurable notifications to the user, allowing enough time and opportunities for him/her to react and postpone activation of the service. Personalization, if applicable to the particular service, is important as well. Usually, after-life planning involves deeply emotional activities, which can be enriched by including any sort of personal touch. If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be? At the end of the day, when you go to sleep, the only important thing is peace of your mind. This is even more true at the end of your final day. Try to do everything to make sure you’ll have a peaceful mind at that moment, whenever it comes. We tend to think there is always enough time and we deliberately postpone decisions and actions which are, in fact, more important than anything else in our lives. Don’t forget the only real heritage you leave behind is in the hearts and minds of the people that will remember you. Make sure your emotions towards them are well understood, and the picture they will remember is who you really are.

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Maeghan Smulders – PasswordBox

What is your approach to after-life planning?

Legacy Locker for PasswordBox is the safe and secure way to pass access to your online accounts to friends and loved ones in the event that something happens to you. It’s like a digital safety deposit box – you can put passwords to all your online accounts (emails, photos, social networks, everything online that requires a login) in it. For every account you store, you can assign a beneficiary, someone to whom you want to entrust your digital content for the future.

What makes your company unique?

Think about all the time you spend online these days, and how important and valuable these sites and services are to you and your family. It’s not fun to think about, but the reality is in the event of your death most of these companies and services have no provision for passing your account onto your loved ones (even a will doesn’t help!). Legacy Locker for PasswordBox is the best way to guarantee access to your online accounts for all of the people you think should receive them, be it a spouse, child, friend or colleague.  You can get started on PasswordBox today for free and sync your information across all your devices.

Most of the websites we all use on a regular basis have little-to-no provisions in place for a loved one to transfer account information in a time of need. In some cases you might even need to get a lawyer involved just to access an email inbox. Your digital legacy needs protection, and we’ve built Legacy Locker to help solve these problems.

Legacy Locker is unique as the feature is surrounded by the daily use of a password management solution. This allows you to store long complicated passwords to protect your digital life daily – and keeps them relevant for those you pass them off to.

This is valuable because your loved ones have no idea what you store online and if you are using PasswordBox daily, you will store the most current login information and will pass that info on without having to update, let’s say a will, on a regular basis every time you update your passwords.

What features does your site offer?

PasswordBox is the only digital life manager that logs you in instantly to your favorite websites and apps without having to type in, or even memorize, your passwords. Collaborate with secure password sharing, for personal and business purposes. Create encrypted notes while keeping track of credit cards, passports and other sensitive personal data in your digital wallet, and care for your digital legacy even after you’re gone by passing it on to someone you trust with Legacy Locker. We support all major browsers and devices, so PasswordBox users can access their data anytime and anywhere.

What should a planner look for in an after-life website?

Many people fail to recognize the value of information they store online. A study by McAfee said that the average American values their digital stuff to be worth around $55,000 which is a lot of money to be lost in the event that something should happen to you. A planner should include their digital life during the estate planning process, as the impact of not having this type of information available in the event of a death can be more painful for the people you trust than imagined.

If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be?

Keep in mind that your loved ones, co-workers and estate planners have no idea the amount of information you store online.  By using a service like Legacy Locker for PasswordBox, you can protect your digital life by creating long, strong complicated passwords as well as pass it on securely to people you trust in the event that something happens to you.

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Stinne Petersen – SecureSafe

What is your approach to after-life planning?

We recommend everyone to consider what will happen to their digital assets once they pass away. Digital assets can be backups of important files with anything from cherished memories (collections of photos, holiday or wedding videos) to important insurances documents, investment papers or certificates to login criteria for different online accounts such as Facebook, Amazon or Twitter.  All of these digital assets will be lost if you don’t pass them on in a secure way.

What makes your company unique?

We are 100% built to protect your digital assets. When storing important files and documents in SecureSafe, you have a unique possibility to keep all your essential data in one central place without ever fearing losing it. It is also unique that we offer a combination of password management, data storage and data inheritance in one and the same product allowing you to securely pass on passwords, PIN and PUKS as well as files and documents.

Customers also choose our service because they feel reassured knowing that we own and maintain all the servers we store their data on. These are all situated in Switzerland and protected by Swiss privacy protection laws, that are much more restrictive than those of for example the U.S. where many other cloud services store customer data.

What features does your site offer?

Password safe

The password storage is one of the cornerstones of SecureSafe’s offer. Here, customers can store all their passwords for everything from their email to e-banking login and PINs. FREE users can store up to 50 passwords, whereas paying users have unlimited storage for passwords[4]. With the password safe, a user only has to remember a single password to access all his or her passwords from any computer, tablet or smartphone. The passwords that are stored in SecureSafe are protected by encryption following military standards, including AES-256 and RSA-2048. To add additional security, all passwords are also encrypted in the working memory or RAM of a local device while being viewed from this.

File Storage

With Secure cloud storage SecureSafe users can store personal files such as certificates, bank statements, financial records, insurance papers, copies of passports, drivers license and investments papers along with their image library etc. in the cloud for easy access and reliable backup. SecureSafe uses the same standards of security and encryption to protect customers’ files as the passwords they store in the passwords safe.

Secure Login with 2-Factor Authentication

To further protect customers’ accounts, SecureSafe offers a secure login method known as 2-factor authentication. The method is also known from e-banking systems. It works by sending a one-time code to a user’s mobile every time he or she logs in to his/her SecureSafe. Even if a hacker should get to the user’s login data, the information is useless without the additional security code.

Secure File Transfer with 2-Factor Authentication

SecureSafe offers privacy protected sharing of files online. Through the feature Secure File Transfer, customers can send files to anyone – including people who do not have a SecureSafe. The file is shared as a secure download link and can be protected by a separate security code (i.e. via a split token). Furthermore the sender is in control of parameters such as how long the download link will stay active.

Data Rooms

SecureSafe offers data rooms (Team-Spaces) for groups of people that would like to share data online. A user can open as many data rooms as needed, for example to share business data with external consultant or business partners. With a built-in activity journal and a notifications feature, each data room allows administrators to stay on top of how files and documents are shared here.

Data Inheritance

Data inheritance or digital inheritance enables customers to pass on important digital assets to others e.g. loved ones using their SecureSafe. Among the digital assets people pass on is login criteria to online accounts, insurance and legal documents and photo collections.

What should a planner look for in an after-life website?

We feel that it’s important to look for indicators that a provider of any product that you would like to include in your after-life planning is trustworthy. Indicators can be several years of experience in a field, satisfied customer reviews, other trusted companies are customers at the company in question and information about the product is easy to find and understand.

We also think that security is particularly important when it comes to choosing a provider that will take care of your most valuable data. Security and privacy protection is built in to the core of SecureSafe.

If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be?

During the after-life planning process, make sure that all of your assets – digital as well as physical – are handled by absolute professionals that understand the importance of protecting these.

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Bruce Duncan – Lifenaut

What is your approach to after-life planning?

Lifenaut is a long-term research project intended to test the way digital technology may extend life in the future. It was founded by Martine Rothblatt, the inventor of Sirius Satellite Radio.

Through Lifenaut, anyone can create a free mind file. You can upload photos of yourself, add information about your life experiences, and even train a virtual avatar to mimic your expressions. Essentially, you can save a copy of yourself to interact with future generations.

Terasem, the foundation behind Lifenaut, also uses this information to further a variety of research projects. From collecting and cryogenically freezing biological samples to broadcasting information to outer space, the data collected now could be invaluable for the future of technology.

If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be?

Start saving your information early, and make frequent updates. A few hours spent on the project every week will greatly improve your virtual “you.” You can tag images with emotions, upload a video of your head turning, or simply record your life experiences.

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Tamar Goudsmit – Afternote

What is your approach to after-life planning?

Afternote is more than a free to use after-life planning service where you can store your last wishes. It also allows you to reflect on precious moments in your live through a personal timeline and a bucket list. This way you can create a digital album of your live and leave a beautiful memory. You can also leave messages as a personal farewell to loved ones which will be send after you have passed away. You can link up to three trusted people to your account so they will be able to find the answers to all those important questions.”

Afternote finds it is very important that the personal information of it’s users is safely stored and fully encrypted. The website is Safe Harbor compliant and makes use of the latest SSL-certificate technology.

What should a planner look for in an after-life website?

Use a service that provides an option to leave last wishes regarding the funeral, inheritance and important information such as notarial information and what to do with social media accounts. It is important to be able to leave a digital legacy with photos, videos and words about who you where and what you believed in. Is there is a possibility to leave messages for loved ones that will be send after you’re gone? Last but not least, can your loved ones gain access to your stored information when the time comes.

If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be?

My advice is to store moments and live each day as if it were your last! Start your free account today at www.afternote.com.

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Tim Hewson – PartingWishes.com

What is your approach to after-life planning?

Our focus is on estate planning; most adults do not have a legal Will in place because it is too expensive or inconvenient to make an appointment with a lawyer. We allow people to create their Will directly online from the comfort of their home for a fraction of the price. We also allow the document to be updated at any time in the future by just logging into one’s account, making the change and printing off a new document.

What makes your company unique?

A couple of things make us unique; we’ve been around for 14 years and we have the most complete portfolio of services. We support the creation of all estate planning documents, funeral wishes, and also a personal inventory of assets through a service called My LifeLocker. We have a unique “keyholder” mechanism which ensures that your loved ones have access to everything that they need at the appropriate time.

What features does your site offer?

We offer Last Will and Testament (for US, Canada and UK), Living Will, Power of Attorney, Executor tool through My LifeLocker, Expat Wills for people living overseas, review by our lawyers and printing of documents if required. We also allow you to set up an account that helps you to update your documents over time to reflect changes in your personal or financial circumstances.

What should a planner look for in an after-life website?

An interactive service rather than “fill-in-the-blanks” forms – blank forms are too error prone. Also the ability to update documents when circumstances change.

If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be?

Once you have prepared everything make sure your loved ones know how to access your documents. The single most common question that we receive is “my father had a Will, but we can’t find it, what can we do?” There is really nothing that can be done if nobody can find your documents.

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Glenn Williamson – WebCease

What is your approach to after-life planning?

According to a CBS News poll conducted in April 2014, 54% of Americans say they don’t spend much, or any, time thinking about their own death and 60% say they do not have a will. When creating traditional estate plans, most people think about their physical and monetary assets. Unfortunately, even the most prepared likely do not include digital assets. WebCease’s approach to after-life planning is to assist those who did not plan at all or who had good intentions, but did not plan adequately for their online accounts and digital assets. We help heirs, executors, trustees and administrators find online accounts that are digital assets for the estate of the deceased. WebCease’s service identifies the active online accounts and instructs on the different options for retrieval, closure or memorialization in accordance with the policies of each site. Using our service can save time for families and also helps reduce the risk of identity theft .

WebCease is currently the only company offering a digital asset discovery service for the deceased. Other companies in the industry focus on pre-planning services for death. While it is a great idea to plan ahead and make things easier for those left behind, the fact remains that most people procrastinate.

Visitors to our site can learn more about our service and easily place an order online. Within 5 business days, a Basic Report will be emailed to you. Our site also offers a wealth of information on industry news and statistics. We are constantly updating with the latest articles and trends, as they relate to the world of digital assets.

What should a planner look for in an after-life website?

Each after-life planning website offers a different set of features and every user has a different set of needs. We recommend starting your search at thedigitalbeyond.com. This is a highly regarded site and an excellent resource for the available services out there. Remember, whatever site you choose is only as valuable as the assets and information you include. Be sure to periodically update your digital vault with the latest accounts you have joined and passwords that were changed at least once per quarter.

If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be?

Our advice is to make an accurate inventory of all your online accounts and passwords, much the same as you would with your physical assets. Reference this document in your will, but don’t include this information directly in your will. Eventually your will becomes a public record.

Remember to work with an estate planning professional early in the process. Having a trusted professional guide your end of life planning decisions is essential.

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Roberto Casso – BestBequest.com

What is your approach to after-life planning?

The more you plan and prepare the better. We give our clients options, and keep them private. after-life planning is the last gift you will give your family, so it’s important to make it a good one.

What makes your company unique?

Our people and approach make our company unique. Thanks to them, our site has won several awards, including “Top 100 websites” by PC magazine in 2013.

What features does your site offer?

The site has so many facets we could not list then all. However if you get down to basics what we really offer is Peace of Mind.

What should a planner look for in an after-life website?

The after-life planning website you choose should touch on all aspects of planning. It should have been around for a few years, and still be actively updating and creating content. Since you will be entering important information about yourself you need a site that will be around for years to come. The last thing you want is for your family to learn that the site you were using is no longer in business. You should avoid free sites, or sites that offer a lifetime plan for a one-time payment. You need to look for sites that have sound business plans. Remember, if you loved ones do not get the information then the service you have been using offers you no value.

If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be?

The more you plan the better off your family will be. When that time comes, and it will, do you want to burden your loved ones with the tough decisions that may need to be made? Will they know what to do? The best way to help is to be prepared and plan. This will help your family avoid conflict and unneeded stress and cost. All of this is based on our belief that there is no one better to guide you family than you. So use a service that helps you guide them, because they will need it.

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Parvez Anandam – Eterniam

What is your approach to after-life planning?

Eterniam allows you to plan for after-life for years before your passing. Eterniam emphasizes the preservation of your most precious memories and digital assets and makes it really easy to do while you go about living. For each digital asset that you store in Eterniam, you can designate beneficiaries.

What makes your company unique?

We have a solid legal framework in place, drawn up by intellectual property lawyers as well as estate lawyers. Unless your last will and testament says otherwise, the digital assets pass on to the beneficiaries designated in Eterniam. Of course, this is not legal advice and you should consult your estate attorney.

What features does your site offer?

The Eterniam premium subscription offers:
  • Unlimited storage for your digital assets (photos, videos and documents)
  • Designating legal beneficiaries to your digital assets
  • Designate different beneficiaries for different digital assets (your choice)
  • Beneficiaries don’t have to pay and can enjoy your shared digital assets immediately
  • Import all your Facebook photos with a click
  • Web application for browser-based use
  • iPhone application (capture memories as you are living)
  • iPad application (convenience)
  • High security: encryption of data both in transit and at rest
  • High privacy: promise to never sell any of your private information

What should a planner look for in an after-life website?

After-life planning is not a one-time thing. You can’t just do it once and forget about it. As you continue to live, you continue to accumulate very precious memories and digital assets. A planner should look for ease of use, longevity and a solid U.S. legal backing by a U.S. corporation for any serious after-life planning.

If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be?

Your loved ones will have to deal with your loss. Don’t make it harder for them that is needed. It’s very important to leave behind a master document to make it easy for next-to-kin to find everything of importance. Things like the list of online accounts you have, the location of physical safe deposit boxes you have, etc. Try and make life easy for your loved ones, they have enough going on without having to hunt things down.

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Karen Zinn – Heart2Soul

What is your approach to after-life planning?

Every individual is unique and there is no cookie cutter way to celebrate a person’s life. People should understand their options and create a celebration as unique as the person it’s honoring.

What makes your company unique?

Heart2Soul.com is a website where consumers can find reliable funeral and memorial planning information from the best experts in the industry. I’m not a funeral industry insider and I don’t make money from Heart2Soul.com. I am regular gal who was looking for information and had trouble finding it. When I finally found what I was looking, months passed and I wanted to help the next guy find it quicker so I put it online.

What features does your site offer?

Heart2Soul.com is a trustworthy place for consumers to find answers to their questions. Each article is researched and written and then reviewed by the best experts (I call them my “rock-stars”) for accuracy so you know it’s complete and written from the point of view of a regular person.As of today, Heart2Soul has more than 150 carefully-written articles answering questions about:

  • Funeral and Memorial Planning
  • Body Disposition options
  • Cultural and Religious Customs
  • Funeral Etiquette
  • Understanding Grief and how to help the grieving
  • How to talk to children about death and dying

What should a planner look for in an after-life website?

Do your research and know who is providing the information. Search engines don’t necessarily put the best websites at the top of your search results – just the ones with the resources to get them there. That means they either pay to be at the top of the results (called keyword targeting), or they have someone whose job is to make sure they end up there. Why? Because they make money when you find them.

I’m all for people making a living – but it’s important to look at who and where the information is coming from and question why they are giving it? Is it complete and accurate? Are they trying to sell something? What are their credentials? The information may be accurate and their products might be stellar but remember, it’s the internet and a lot of people write articles simply to drive traffic to their website.

I did not have any experience in the funeral and memorial space and there are many different areas I didn’t even know about. That’s why I ask the experts to act as contributing editors to read, review and edit the information on Heart2Soul to ensure the information is complete and neutral.

If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be?

Be respectful to the people left behind who will carry out your wishes. The plans you are making might be about you, but it’s for them.

At the end of the day the people left behind are the ones who will carry out your wishes (or not) and they are the ones who need to find the best way to express their grief and find the support they need.

Be mindful about how your choices will affect the people left behind. Too often people are asking their families to be practical and not do anything at all, but that’s unfair to the grieving – they need the support of family and friends. It doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant— it could be as simple as a pot luck dinner at your home— as long as it provides support for them.

The opposite side of this story is when someone makes a financially disabling request but doesn’t have the money set aside to back it up. I had an Aunt who left instructions with a funeral director that was way out of her budget. She was on a fixed income and there were bills to pay. We are very practical and made the necessary adjustments, but I’ve heard stories of families that have gone into debt just to honor this final request.

The best advice I can give is to just get comfortable talking about death, understand your options and decide together with the people you love what works for everyone. And don’t be afraid to talk about it when you’re healthy—the conversation gets uncomfortable when there is a body around and by then, there is very little time to do the research.

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Andrew Jorgensen – Remembered.com

What is your approach to after-life planning?

We encourage family and social (friends and colleagues) participation in the memorial. This often includes stories, photos, and videos about the deceased.

We first set out to help people share pictures with each other, but soon realized that the social collaboration was very helpful to the grieving process. By putting this information online in a permanent website, we can re-visit a person’s legacy and pay tribute any time of the day or night.

What makes your company unique?

We were the first company to embed our memorials right within Facebook. We’ve engineered a site that is both a standalone website and a Facebook application that runs on a single set of code. We were also one of the first to make our memorials mobile compatible for the smartphone and tablet.

What features does your site offer?

For starters, we’re free. You can put a site up in less than 5 minutes and it will be there forever. Not taken down after 30 days unless you pay us some sort of ransom to keep it going. We offer a premium service for 19.95 if you want a private invite-only memorial, or want to put videos on our site (instead of a 3rd party like YouTube or Vimeo) – and that 19.95 is forever, not per year like some sites.

Some of the free things we have are photo galleries, a tribute wall, guest book, lighting a candle to note that you’re thinking of the person, and a full biography – not a brief obituary, but a full detailed account of the persons life.

What should a planner look for in an after-life website?

A biography is great, but nothing will tell your grandchildren more about your parents and grandparents than photos and videos. We know it’s tough to dig them out of the shoebox sometimes and scan them, or transfer tape to digital, but it will be totally worth the effort you put in now. So make sure you have set aside some time to do it. If done as part of the grieving process it can be very therapeutic. There are also services that will do this for you fairly cheaply.

We’d encourage people to stay away from sites that charge you a fee annually and then go and put ads up next to the memorial of your loved ones. We thought putting ads up was a pretty tasteless thing to do, so we consider it taboo.  Billing quarterly or annually seemed wrong too, it was something we considered outrageous to host a couple of webpages.

If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be?

Three things are very important for everyone: a living will so that your healthcare wishes can be known, a power of attorney so that your affairs can be taken care of if you’re incapacitated, and a Last Will and Testament, so that your final wishes can be carried out.

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Simon Raybould – MemorialMatters.com

What is your approach to after-life planning?

We think that creating an online memorial is an integral part of the after-life planning process in the sense that these website help to record the stories and essence of an individual for future generations to remember and enjoy. Just as planning a cremation or burial, getting ones affairs in order and sorting out an estate is part of the planning process, it should include creating an archive of that person’s digital photos, and memories from loved ones in a permanent place.

What makes your company unique?

We believe we have the best designs (or templates) in the marketplace as well as easy to use, innovative features The product is really the designs themselves and how they represent a person after they have passed away. We also have a sister company www.MemorialPets.com for our furry friends!  We also offer really genuine and heartfelt customer service for anyone who contacts us.

What features does your site offer?

A person is able to send ‘virtual flowers’or light ‘virtual candles’ at no cost to a memorial. You can also add very tasteful background  music. The site also has password functionality which can be important. The site also sends a yearly reminder a week before the anniversary of a person’s passing, to help remember the date over time. Launching shortly we are also enabling a unique timeline feature for photographs, which present pictures in chronological order to help tell the ‘visual story’ of a person’s life.  It is also possible to print the whole memorial off in colour as a keepsake or to give to someone who doesn’t have access to the internet  or who would prefer enjoying the memorial on paper.  We have no advertising so charge a small fee for a memorial website for administration, maintenance and development. Any money we make gets ploughed back into development.

What should a planner look for in an after-life website?

Reasonable costs and beautiful designs to choose from.  We suggest a planner go to the various sites that offer online memorials and look at examples. More and more planners are including an online memorial in their activities.

If you had one piece of advice for those planning their after-life affairs, what would it be?

Apart from expressing an interest in an online tribute, it’s important to ensure that your loved ones know all the websites you have passwords for and what those are (social media, banking etc.) and also include these with your will.

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Choosing the Service That’s Right for You

As you consider the variety of after-life planning options available to you, remember that your main goal is to make things easier for those you leave behind. Collect your financial records, write down your memories, and put everything in a place where your loved ones can easily find it.

One Response to “After-Life Planning: Thoughts from the Experts”

  1. From Everett

    I find it fascinating that an entire industry of afterlife digital asset planning and storage has cropped up as a result of the technology we’re using, especially the internet and social media. Pretty cool stuff that is only going to get more important over the coming decade.

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