Reaching out for emotional support to whoever is willing to listen is a natural response when tragedy bares its ugly head. As the landscape of how we communicate with each other shifts towards online interaction, it should be no surprise that more and more people seek counsel for their grief online. This wave of people […]
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By Daniel Tannenbaum The growth of the Internet has brought about a lot of new terms associated with digital and death. This includes things like memory giving, digital assets and digital legacy. One thing that is not commonly discussed is the role of digital liabilities. For instance, we all have a lot of regular standing orders, […]
When my father was dying, I often found myself turning to music – as a source of comfort, as a means of distraction, and certainly as a way of making sense of a most profound experience. The piece that most often would accompany my meandering thoughts was Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe. I made no mental […]
For the average person making a will, the concept of “digital assets” and planning for the transfer of one’s digital life has simply not been on the will writer’s radar. Until now, that is.
“All living things seek to perpetuate themselves into the future, but humans seek to perpetuate themselves forever. This seeking – this will to ‘immortality’ – is the foundation of human achievement; it is the wellspring of religion, the muse of philosophy, the architect of our cities and the impulse behind the arts. It is embedded […]
While a gravestone is the classic form of mourning and marking the dead, it does have its issues in today’s world. Sometimes we simply can’t be where we want to be. When we’re miles away, how do we mourn and remember those we’ve lost? Thankfully, this is one such area where technology has made great […]
On July 16th Yahoo Japan launched an end-of-life service called Yahoo Ending, which offers various services including farewell messages for loved ones, funeral planning, and removal of email and social media accounts.
By Dazza Greenwood, JD Editor’s note: This is a guest post from our fellow panelists at SXSW Interactive. Dazza will join John and Evan at SXSW for the panel discussion, “You’re Dead. Your Data Isn’t. What Happens Now?“ Republished with permission from CIVICS.com. In the lead-up to SXSW this year, in preparing to participate on […]
By Adele McAlear Editor’s note: This is a guest post from our fellow panelists at SXSW Interactive. Adele will join John and Evan at SXSW for the panel discussion, “You’re Dead. Your Data Isn’t. What Happens Now?“ In the last 5-years, sharing online through services like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr has become mainstream. From […]