Whatever plans you make for your physical possessions, social media accounts, digital assets and your body's disposal and your funeral we strongly recommend that you Tell Someone your wishes.
The ways in which we each prepare for death differs. Furthermore the information we pass down will depend on our individual circumstances. The factors that influence our individual circumstances range from which online services we use and which devices we own to if we are married and if we have children. If you would like your online accounts to remain active tell someone!
What you may want to share:
- Where you store your will, advanced care plan, healthcare insurance documents, funeral plan and any financial documents
- What your funeral wishes are and where these are documented
- What your would like to happen to your body
- Whether or not you would like to be an organ donor
- The passwords for your mobile phone, computer and other hardware devices
- The passwords for your social media and other online accounts
- Where you have saved the passwords for your social media, online accounts and hardware devices
- What you would like to happen to your social media accounts and your digital estate when you die (if not documented in your will or social media will)
- Parts of your own history and your family history that you would like to share
Who might you share your wishes with?
You may want to consider telling and sharing some certain pieces of information with some individuals and other pieces of information with others. Your relationship with each may inform which pieces of information each of them will receive.
Recipients may include:
- Your next of kin
- Your beneficiaries
- The executor of your estate
- The executor of your digital estate (the person in-charge in charge of your digital affairs may be different to the executor of your physical possessions)
- A solicitor
- A funeral director or celebrant
- A religious figure
Not telling someone if you want to be an Organ Donor
Nearly 25% of respondents who stated that they would like to be an organ donor had not told their family their wishes (Digital Death Survey 2014)