The smart phone and computer app "iDie" would have 4 main functions:
- how-to: easy/approachable tips about making a will, making funeral arrangements and about different options available in each country, pet funerals or disposal as well, making an organ donor card, carrying a DNR card, etc),
- practical hire services: hire certified professionals to check you are really dead (this is a fear many have, to be declared dead while still alive), to erase your web-browsing history, to inform people of your death according to a chosen schedule by personalised email or social media (multi-media) message or letter/parcel and to enforce your funeral guest-list, take care of your pet and plants, enforce your funeral wishes, accompany you through the morgue and burial/cremation process, professional house-cleaning/disposal of certain objects, so on so forth. And another service would be funeral live streaming in case some of your fiends or family cannot travel to the funeral for personal or financial reasons.
- a blog where people share experiences, stories (religious, mythical, folklore, etc) and bucket-lists
- a virtual cemetery for humans, and a separate one for pets where your gravestone is your profile (you can have words, pictures, and of course video, your favorite things in life, your wishes for the people you leave behind…) and you choose who can access it and from when on - with an option to transfer your Facebook profile before it is removed by the admin system.
WHY WOULD THIS APP BE USEFUL?
- to facilitate logistics around one's death
- to ease people to the idea of death so they can make it their own and re-gain a bit of control over the most uncontrollable thing in life. People used to die at home, nowadays death is taboo and feared by the majority of people, this app would help taking the scary edge of death and making it an almost-everday-life thing that people can be comfortable with.
- to reduce stress around death for the dying person, but also to reduce stress for the entourage and hopefully help avoiding awkward situations and drama that tend to happen at funerals and around wills.