Using your smartphone or tablet at a funeral? You may be on to something. What may be the final taboo for acceptance of our digital lifestyles seems to be falling by the wayside.

WiFi at a funeral is practically essential now. As funeral home operators embrace concepts like livestreaming, it seems obvious that loved ones may want to pay tribute to the deceased in nontraditional ways.

Since our lives have been changed by advancements in communication like social media, so too have our tech needs evolved in death.  Maybe your family or social group uses a #hashtag and you wish to continue to post photographs from your archives to that hashtag as a reminder of your legacy despite your passing?  In addition, there are many services that allow you to send email from your departed self.  Maybe you want to send those messages at your viewing, or your wake?

Is acceptance of Twitter and Facebook at bereavement services far behind?  We acknowledge that it’s commonplace to mark the passing of a celebrity by memorializing them with our Tweets, but what about our own loved ones?  Facebook allows you to request Memorialization for any account, but how soon until we are interacting with that account during a service?

A digital estate memorial makes certain that your heirs will be able to interact with your legacy beyond your passing.

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A digital estate memorial employs a combination of digital technology, including online memorials, for the benefit of the descendant’s estate using various forms of communication, data storage and messaging to continue the legacy of the deceased as years progress. This includes services designed to continue contact with descendants with instructions or greetings from the passed. Some organizations ensure that digital inheritance will be protected in the event new technology emerges over periods of generational succession. This would include new applications of the digital inheritance lifestream as technological systems develop.

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