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Company lets you plan social media legacy

By Eric MacKenzie

Vancouver-based Final Wish launched its post-mortem planning service last week. 
SCREENSHOT

Vancouver-based Final Wish launched its post-mortem planning service last week. SCREENSHOT

The days following the death of a loved one are difficult, complicated and painful. A new Vancouver-based company is hoping to help people alleviate some of the stress experienced by friends and family by making post-mortem arrangements in advance.

But Final Wish, which launched its service last week, is not meant to replace a will, explained CEO Andrew Smith.

“We recommend people get wills,” said Smith. “Final Wish, we consider to be more for the soft stuff.”

The “soft stuff” covers anything from the social media legacy of a person who has passed away, the flowers and food they’d like to have at their service, or photo galleries and slideshows set to music that can play at their funeral. Other arrangements that may not be part of a person’s will, such as who will care for a pet after death, can also be detailed.

“People have brought up to me the fact that people didn’t really get to grieve at the time they should have because they were busy doing all the stuff they was left for them to do,” said Smith, who brainstormed the idea during a six-day hospital stay of his own in 2010.

“We want to take that away and help people grieve at the time they should.”

After a Final Wish user passes away, their information can be accessed at www.finalwish.ca by pre-assigned confidants. Profiles and a list of final wishes can be set up for free, while additional features such as slideshows, galleries and autobiographies can be uploaded and stored for $25 per year.

Smith said even more features are in the works for a “Platinum” package to come.