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Yes, You Need WiFi At Your Funeral

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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Photo credit: liewcf via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Using Flickr and FlickrFolio To Design Your First Digital Estate Memorial

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It takes heart and a little bit of courage to embrace social media and digital technology for the first time. If you’re new to digital asset management and want to make an impression quickly, try downloading Flickr for your smartphone or tablet.

It’s an easy go-to solution before launching into the world of digital signage displays which are often costly to implement for those on a budget or solely for those looking to produce a digital estate memorial that lasts beyond the general bereavement time period for a wake or funeral.

Download the apps and set up your account for the time being to display your estate photography ‘privately’.  Alternatively, you can add other beneficiaries of the estate to your photostream to help edit descriptions, tags and titles.

Sometimes with more than one beneficiary editing estate photography, disputes will arise with respect to who wants what images included and who wants some deleted.  That’s why it’s crucial to begin this process before the decedent has passed. In some cases, mediation will be necessary.

Besides, shouldn’t we all decide which images we want to include in our afterlife historical perspectives?  There are just some photographs we don’t want included in our estate plan and ultimately we are in charge until an estate manager decides otherwise.

Flickr is a fast and free solution to building your first digital estate tribute to yourself or a loved one.  With a terabyte of free storage in the cloud, you’ll be sure to have enough room to tinker around with all your best estate photography efforts and memories.

But how are you going to display this when celebrating your life?  Output to a standard HD television display is not standard in all funeral homes for use during visitation.  If not available, you may have to provide one for yourself.  Remember, this is a lifetime of memories you are encapsulating and you need to be sure that the solution you provide best harnesses the future impact of your memories.

The FlickrFolio app is a slide-show with transitional effects that when combined with an Android set-top box, can provide background music from an individuals’ favourite music according to their Google Play account settings or other streaming music provider.

This is only a brief introduction to the world of creating your first permanent digital estate memorial.  These solutions aren’t perfect, but they provide a starting-off point for your first afterlife production.

Plan on!

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Apps, Tech Supplies & Resources For Digital Memorials

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Photo credit: Japanexperterna.se via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Planning Your First Digital Memorial Scrapbook

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Funerals are a trying time for all, yet the right digital memorial scrapbook can lighten the mood and pay tribute to the life and times of the passed.

Building an inexpensive novice digital memorial can be easy and fun. The MyGica ATV 1800e Quad Core CPU, Octa Core GPU Ultra Smart Streaming Media Player Plus with 4K Ultra HD Playback Support, Powered by AndroidTM 4.4.2 with XBMC/KODI is one of several off-the-shelf Android set-top devices that can power a digital memorial venture. The operating system is not custom-made for scrapbooking by any means, but it’s built on Android, and that means you can download the easy to use player App from DigitalSignage.com – where you’ll be producing the animations and screens that run your memorial display in no time.  Plus you can order it right away from Amazon.ca and get started on your project immediately.

Anyone with a sprinkle of creativity and the courage to both succeed and fail will find it quite an adventure to develop a personal digital memorial scrapbook for broadcast to others. Built using the tools of Adobe Air, you’ll be up and running in no time after a few easy-to-watch video tutorials at DigitalSignage.com.

Although not perfect, some of the outcomes with DigitalSignage.com have a learning curve if you haven’t built anything creative from a digital perspective before. The $99USD a month Enterprise version of the Signage Studio software allows for integration of many web-based services like Twitter, Instagram, Google Drive, Flickr, Dropbox and many more.

At that price, you’ll get streaming video from YouTube.com, but one way around this is to encode the videos first and stream them directly from DigitalSignage.com’s video server. With 1GB free cloud storage, this is a solution any scrapbooking memorial newcomer can embrace.

Give it a shot.  If this is your first time scrapbooking with a digital angle, you have nothing to lose.  If you’re a newcomer and you’re doing this with time constraints, you won’t have time in a few hours or days to learn how to do this for a memorial service so the right move is probably to stick with basic Android Flickr slideshows or the better FlickrFolio for immediate display of family and friends’ photographs.

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Apps, Tech Supplies & Resources For Digital Memorials

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Photo credit: edgenumbers via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Legacy Photo: Lives Matter From Selma To Montgomery And Beyond

#Photography – Found this photo while digitizing an archive of family memories.  It was taken during the historic Selma to Montgomery Freedom marches of 1965.  Martin Luther King Jr. was speaking while the historian documenting the affair was interested in some of the signs of local marchers.

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How will you ensure the collected memories of your family will be historically and accurately stored for the next generations?  Our future heirs will harness the power of the past to create new opportunity, information, education and potential.

Who would have thought fifty years ago that today’s digerati would be Instagramming their way to viral social media success using tools that even the most prolific photographer would have found unbelievable 20 years ago?  How will your family benefit from the memories you have of the past, and those you still intend to create?

Do you have a plan for your digital estate?  How many gigabytes and terabytes of data have you already created?  Where does it all go?  Will it be deleted upon your passing?  That data has to be stored somewhere and it should obviously be part of any digital estate plan.

Legacy Photo: Ancestry Proves My Father A Digital Innovator

#FAMILY #PHOTOGRAPHY – In this post under the vintage and old time category, I wanted to include a picture of my folks from back when they were high rollers in the early seventies. Yes, that’s vintage for some people. Here they are celebrating at a party – which those of you of that era will remember as wild and often – to mark their successful business deals. At the time, my Dad had become the part owner of #Burlington Cable… a fledgling cable television provider when the industry was only burgeoning. He sold that company before realizing what a future the business held but that’s okay, these folks went on to become very successful businesspeople in their own right.

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Digital Memorial: What Does The Estate Say?

This is my grandmother. She appears here posthumously because I am empowered with digital technology to use her photograph in a manner that brings her to this day living in spirit. What will future generations be able to do with our memories of the past and the memories we create in the future? What is the potential for those of he next era to use the past in ways we can’t even think of any more. Ghost in the machine? I don’t think so. When it comes to the idea of photographs, people are using and reusing photos from the past in interesting ways. How would your great-grandmother react if she knew people were Instagramming her to this very day? The answers are out there. Harnessing the power of recorded memory will fundamentally change archival historical records.

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