As Bryan Patten says in this excerpt from his poem, So many different lengths of time.
"So, how long does a man live after all?
And how much does he live while he lives?
We fret and ask so many questions –
Then when it comes to us
The answer is so simple, after all.
A man lives for as long as we carry him inside us
For as long as we carry the harvest of his dreams –
For as long as we ourselves live,
Holding memories in common, a man lives."
My idea is that after a person has died, members or friends of the deceased, record audio stories from people who knew him/her. These will be collated and placed on a web page, where the stories can be accessed by anyone.
The stories will be from any times from the person's life, but chosen by the teller. They will reflect something important for the teller: friendship, fun, work, social times, community events, music, etc.
The overall effect will be very personal.
I imagine that stories from the web page will be listened to by family members, friends, children and grandchildren of the deceased person.
It would become a personal, digital, storytelling shrine.
(Note the similarities to other ideas suggested, such as: "Communicate Beyond the End" by Marc.)