Over the past 20 or so years, the internet has transformed the ways in which we interact and communicate with others. Now, that even extends to grieving and coping with the loss of a loved one. And even though the world is vastly different than it was 20, 10, even 5 years ago, one thing that hasn’t changed is a loved one’s passing is often accompanied by grief.
Thanks to technology, how we are grieving and coping hav
However, those aren’t the only online grief support resources available to help families. In today’s digital age, companies are creating new technologies that are changing the landscape of grief support. As these become more popular over time, technologies like A.I. (artificial intelligence) could transform the way we grieve.
For this week’s blog post, we’re going to highlight some different online resources available to help families grieve and cope with their loss.
SafeBeyond is a digital time capsule service that allows a person to prerecord messages that will be sent out to their loved ones after they pass away. If this sounds similar to the movie “P.S. I Love You”, you’re not wrong. With SafeBeyond, the deceased can posthumo
SafeBeyond allows you to record and share four types of messages:
Date based messages are ones that are sent on specific dates that are decided beforehand. This could include a special date like a birthday, anniversary, or holiday. That first Christmas or anniversary after a loved one passes away is difficult for some people. Date based messages allow the deceased to schedule a message to send their family and still be a part of the day.
Finally, social media messages are ones that you can write to have posted on your Facebook or Twitter accounts after death. The app connects with the social media platforms and will post your public goodbye message to your friends after you’re gone.
Talking to the dead is not a new phenomenon. But what makes Eternime different is that it creates a digital copy of the deceased. The startup based company uses algorithms that study your social media posts and interactions to build a profile. It studies the post the user shares about their favorite band and sees the LinkedIn article they shared on investments. As it studies their mannerisms and memories, the algorithms essentially learn how to be the deceased.
The company then creates a virtual avatar from photos of the deceased that uses artificial intelligence to communicate. Family members can then interact with the virtual user and feel like they are talking directly to the deceased. The idea behind Eternime is that by being able to continue communicating with loved ones, the grieving process and accepting their loss can become easier because they live on virtually.
Eternime’s website says they want to “preserve memories, ideas, creations, and stories for billions of people”. The company boasts that its platform is “a library with people instead of books or an interactive history of the current and future generations”. So far the company is still in the private beta testing stage and has had nearly 45,000 people sign up to create a profile.
Grief counseling can be expensive and something not every family has access to. Furthermore, children experiencing a loss may not feel like talking about it. That’s where Apart of Me is there to help. The app is built for children to have a safe space to grieve and find strength and wisdom.
As of right now, the app is available for free in Canada, the UK, the EU,
An important part of our funeral home websites is the Book of Memories. This online memorial suite is a great addition to your funeral home website to post obituaries and let loved ones share memories of the deceased. When visiting a loved one’s memorial page, friends and family can offer condolences and upload photos or videos of the deceased to be used in stationery or memorial tribute videos.
It’s a great place to help comfort others who are grieving and create a central hub to honor the deceased and have their memory live on forever. To learn more about the Book of Memories and make it available to your families, contact us today to get started!
Tommy holds a Communications degree from Laurentian University and an Integrated Marketing Communications Graduate Certificate from St. Lawrence College. He is a Content Marketing Specialist at FrontRunner and focuses on producing engaging content that funeral homes can use to connect with families. In addition, Tommy crafts SEO content for clients and specializes in helping the general public connect with the death care industry as a whole.