Six Great Tech Tools for Planning Your Own Death

As time goes on, it is clear that the world is becoming more technologically dependent. But have you ever thought about how nonmedical technology affects one’s death rather than one’s life? Recently, there have been several applications and tools available through both Facebook and the Apple AppStore that can offer assistance in planning one’s death. These programs range from allowing one to write their will to storing private family information that is later used in legal matters.

The will is one of the most important documents one can provide post mortem; it lists who inherits what property. Now, one can begin writing or edit their will as many times as they want with the “MyWill” application, a free program that can be downloaded through the Apple AppStore. The user is able to assign certain pieces of property to certain heirs. It also allows the user to assign a new legal guardian for their minor children!

A living will is different than a normal will in that a living will outlines critical healthcare decisions in advance. Thus, if the user is unable to communicate and is in a critical medical condition, this application can be used to access the patient’s wishes regarding medical treatment. “iLivingWill” is a $0.99 iPad application that allows one to do just that.

“If I Die”is a program available on Facebook that allows users to record a message to loved ones and friends if they were to die unexpectedly. The user can choose up to three people to send this recording to via Facebook message.

Another free app that is available is called “Funeral Advice”. It provides video tutorials that allow one to essentially and interactively plan their own funeral. This application guides one in the right direction by suggesting funeral homes, casket choices and steps to take after losing a loved one.

“Death Meter” has been criticized by many people for its lack of credible information. This program gives one an approximate idea of when they will die based oninformation inputted by the user. This program takes into account hygiene, diet, family history and daily activity. There are multiple other websites that serve the same purpose.

Personally, I would probably never purchase or download any of these programs but of all these applications, the one that I would find the most useful is “AssetLock”. With this application, one is able to store important records in reference to financial records, insurance policies and funeral arrangements. Members of the family can then access this information after the user has deceased. “AssetLock” acts as somewhat of a “virtual safety deposit box.”

After reading this article I felt a little “creeped out”. It’s one thing to talk to someone about your death personally with a lawyer and/or funeral director and plan out how you want the ceremonies and legal aspects to be carried out. But the fact that someone can whip out their iPhone on a subway on their commute to work and write a will or allocate their assets is a little too close for comfort. Although some may be skeptical of these tools, programs like these make people more aware of death because its implications and guidelines are accessible at any moment.

I later visited and plugged in my information. The Death Meter claims that I will die on June 5, 2079, now we just have to wait and see how accurate that truly is…

Jared Siegel

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2 responses to “Six Great Tech Tools for Planning Your Own Death

  1. Erin Paige Robinson

    In today’s world with our increasing dependence on technology, I cannot say that I am completely surprised about the recent development of the role that mobile apps are beginning to have in the industry that surrounds death. It will be interesting to see the impact these modern conveniences will have in our life and society, and now even in our death. I’m interested to see how this new convenience will shape our current process of dealing with a death. Perhaps it might make the process a bit easier? Now, the procedure of creating a will is right at the person’s fingertips; which bypasses the hassle of going over minuscule details with lawyers and attorneys. This might make certain aspects of the will more up-to-date and accurate allowing difficult decisions to be made more easily. However, I think this new technology might also lead to some negative consequences; it is possible that rash decisions may be made by individuals caught in the heat of the moment or there may be a breach in confidentiality if the mobile device is stolen. Only time will tell how impactful these modern advances will have in our society; for good or bad it is a sign of our changing times.

  2. Liv G. Nilsson Stutz

    It is so strange how we react to news like this. First we tend to think that it is completely morbid or sick. We may feel that it is callous or cold. There is something about the fact that these are apps, that just makes it seem rather absurd. But, when you think about it for a second longer, it makes so much sense. I think that when people are in a place where they feel comfortable with the idea that they will die, so comfortable indeed that they make plans (writing their will, setting money aside for the funeral, maybe writing notes about what they would like for their funeral), they are really doing an amazing service to their loved ones. Not only are the survivors left with means and plans, they are also left with a sense that this is somehow ok, that their loved one knew death was coming, and if (s)he could accept it, so should they.

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