New business lets people send their loved ones messages from beyond the grave
Knowing what to do when someone has died isn’t easy. You might have to register the death,arrange a funeral, organise the person’s estate and sort out their financial commitments.
Then there’s not knowing if your loved one wished to be buried or cremated, what they wanted on their headstone, where they wanted their ashes to be scattered and a multitude of other things.
And that’s without even beginning to consider the emotional impact of losing someone you love and trying to do all of these things while grieving.
This is why businessman George Gyimah, from Hythe, in Kent, has set up My Day, the UK’s first end-of-life planning platform. In a nutshell, My Day brings someone’s dying wishes all together in one place. It lets relatives and those left behind know exactly what the person wanted – even down to the music to play at their final farewell.
It is an online end-of-life plan where people can store important information which loved ones can easily find and access. People can store documents such as a will, details of their life or medical insurance, banking/building society accounts, investments and assets, as well as important things like what they would like to happen to their pets.
Using the “future messaging” function, people are able to send messages from “beyond the grave” after they’ve passed away. For example, they could congratulate a grandchild on their 21st birthday, or send a message for a special event.
My Day can also be used to provide comfort and cherished memories. People can create a “memorial wall” to celebrate their life. On their wall they would post photos, videos and recordings of special moments and major achievements, for family and friends to view.
George, 58, said: “While working and listening to the radio, friends and people I’ve worked with
have heard songs and said they’d like that played at their funeral. I always thought it was sad that
they mentioned it to me, but that often their families probably didn’t know. The idea snowballed from there.
“Sadly, I’ve lost my parents and when they died, there was so much for the family to sort out, while grieving at the same time. It was complicated, with so many people to contact and so much to do. It can be distressing and difficult to know where to start.
“I want to make it easier for people, to bring everything all together in one place, rather than having things in different places which no-one can find – and to know that people’s wishes will be respected.
“People don’t like talking about dying – but dying matters. This isn’t just an end-of-life plan, but a celebration of all the wonderful things someone has done in their life. As well as the practical things that My Day can help with, people might want to leave messages for their children, a husband or a
wife. They can upload a recording or a video, to say a final goodbye. After someone has died, people have said to me that they wish they could hear that person’s voice just one more time.
“It also gives people the chance to say things they didn’t have the chance to say, or felt they couldn’t. As you get older, dying is something you think about more.”
If someone puts funeral wishes into their will, they often don’t realise that the information won’t be seen until after they’ve been laid to rest. Funerals usually take place relatively soon after someone has died, but it can take months before a will is read. My Day ensures a person’s wishes are known straightaway.
Information entered onto My Day is private and secure. The user can choose if they want their trusted contacts to see any information before they pass away, or not. My Day employs 256-Bit encryption, the same level of security used by governments, banks, intelligence agencies, and the military.
For more information visit myday.org
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