Losing a loved one is never easy. You try to hang on to the simplest things that may keep that person connected to you. Whether it be jewelry, a hand written note, or perhaps even a voicemail. Now two new sites aim to keep you connected to that person from beyond the grave. I-Tomb and I-Memorial are two new services that offer comprehensive and secure online portals that store a person’s digital life (account info, usernames, passwords, instructions, etc.), and allows that info to be shared posthumously with loved ones, so that the deceased’s “virtual” existence can be managed.
Furthermore, for those who know they will be leaving this world, they can also prepare personal messages and videos for family members to view in the future.
I-Tomb lets you create I-Tombs to honor those you’ve lost. Sometimes cemeteries are just too far away to get to, so I-Tomb allows you to create a special place online in the World Virtual Cemetery, to honor someone who has departed. Visitors to I-Tomb can leave virtual candles, comments and tributes. Loved ones can even make videos to upload to the I-Tomb too for other family and friends to view.
But whereas I-Tomb lets loved ones make a shrine to someone they have lost, I-Memorial allows those who will be dying soon to prepare moments of their life for family and friends to view later. This could be made with video, audio, pictures or messages from beyond the grave. Another portion of I-Memorial lets users leave behind instructions of how they would like to be buried or cremated and any other special touches they would want when people celebrate their life after they are gone.
Lastly, important documents, passwords, or financial information can be stored on I-Memorial, for future reference by loved ones. Making it a safe and secure place for people to retrieve important documents when it comes to settling estates or wills. But in order to utilize these postmortem services there will be an annual fee – because even in death it still costs money to keep your memory alive.