Religion, folklore and film are riddled with stories of the dead trying to communicate with the living.
Technology has solved this problem, too.
“To communicate on your behalf many, many years after you’re no longer here and make sure that your legacy is being presented to different people in different ways, as you choose,” said Moran Zur, founder of SafeBeyond.
How it works
SafeBeyond is an app that allows people to record text, audio and video messages throughout their life and store them in a heavily encrypted “digital vault.”
From a final farewell to a corny joke or a grandmother’s highly coveted chocolate chip cookie recipe, SafeBeyond will send messages on behalf of its clients for up to 25 years after they die.
Users schedule the messages to be released to their loved ones. Zur says many choose to do so on birthdays or on the anniversary of their passing.
But messages can also be sent for events that would have been unforeseen to the dead — like a wedding or the birth of a child. To make that happen, the departed must appoint a trustee who will let SafeBeyond know when those significant life events take place.
After the user dies, their recipients are emailed a notification telling them to download the app so that they can, one day, receive a message from the grave.
SafeBeyond charges $47.88 to $95.88 per year for its services.