Deathswitch is a company that provides what they call “an information service in the event of your death or disability”. According to their site, they will store your passwords and information, while sending you regularly scheduled notices prompting your response to be sure that you are still alive. Should you not respond after 90 days, they will assume you are dead or critically disabled and then they will contact anyone you have named to receive your information.
They offer a free account that entitles you to send one message once you are gone. With a premium account, you can have 30 messages and up to 10 recipients. These messages allow you to send videos, pictures and documents.
Although this service may be helpful in retrieving lost information and passwords, it could also include the ability to send e-messages from beyond the grave. The site even states “Don’t die with secrets that need to be freed.”
This opens up some unusual possible ways to contact people from beyond the grave. Their site states that people will feel better knowing they will hear from you once you are gone. In a perfect world, this service could be a good way to send loving messages to people. However, what about those who send the “not so nice” messages? There can be no rebuttal from the survivors.
It is an interesting and patent-pending service. One of the questions asked on the FAQ portion of the site is, “What if I go into a comma for 3 months and then recover?” That is something to think about for those who may be considering sending a “not so nice” message. However, they do claim that the timeframe can be adjusted if 3 months is not the desired amount of time.