You Die in Real Life, but Not Online

Death freaks people out. It upsets them. It makes them feel funny. “Let’s not talk about it!” they say. I totally get it. Who wants to talk about being dead? No one. But! Let me tell you, there are things you should consider. Details, of death, let’s call them. We all have details, and as time goes on, more and more of them.

What do you want to happen to your email account when you die? Does anyone else have the password? Do you want it deleted? Do you want someone to go through your address book and email out a link to your obituary when you go?

What about Facebook? Twitter? Your Reddit account. All of that. Who is in charge of taking care of your online presence…..which will live on…..after you die?

How do you feel about those comments you left on news stories at your local paper’s website?

I recently wrote an article that was published in Parliament, a quarterly publication serving the deathcare profession, called Death, Digitally. It was published in the June issue. You can download a copy of the magazine at no charge here: You can download a PDF of the article by clicking here, too: Death Digitally by Cole Imperi

Turns out, it’s much harder to ‘die’ in a digital sense and it’s something we must be aware of while we’re alive. Our blog posts, status updates and message board comments will be what ultimately lives on to tell our story.

For those of you reading that know me, but may not know why I'm talking about this, I work with the deathcare profession. I serve the people that serve you when someone dies. Funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, and all the other companies that deal with death.