I love the platform of the digital vault that provides a common space for practical information needed by those left behind, as well as the personal messages that can be encompassed in an "Emotional Will." It seems particularly salient in this information age to think about inheriting information. I appreciate the openness to working with end of life experts to think through the many issues that will be involved, especially since there are likely many idiosyncrasies of unique individual situations. For me personally, I wonder how much the "heirs" are prepared to receive messages timed for receipt years after someone's death. It seems like it could be truly haunting for some, even when the intent is positive connection beyond the grave.
In reflecting more on this challenge, I was reminded of the book by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars. I don’t want to post any spoilers, but I would highly recommend it (the film was pretty good too). I posted a comment about this story in relation to Rebecca Brown’s contribution, “Don't mean to dwell on this dying thing,” since she was talking about young people, but one of the most poignant parts of the story comes from the preparation of eulogies.
It occurs to me that the reason why so many people suggested how lucky my colleague was to have a retirement celebration comparable to attending his own funeral is that he can still anticipate other chapters in his life. It seems that the only people who are prepared to die are those who see it coming. Yet, death is inevitable and is coming for us all – we just don’t know when. How can we come to better acceptance of when “it is time?”
I think John Green's book, The Fault in Our Stars, does a great job of illustrating what the experience of illness and dying can be like for young people. I wonder if this novel has had an impact on those working with Streetlight?