Since the rise of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, social media has become a big component in how we grieve. Unfortunately, it’s very easy for posts about a person’s death to skew performative or crass. So what’s permissible and what’s unacceptable about mourning in the digital age?
Family, french fries, and pets are a given. Here are the other things (some of which are family and pets...but no fries).
Abby is thankful for…
An incredible pizza place that just opened in her neighborhood (Mama’s Too!).
More important than pizza (if that's even possible), she's also thankful how her oldest daughter became the best big sister in the world, her husband's constant support during a crazy year, and her super caring (and fun!) parents.
Adam is thankful for…
Surviving starting (two) new schools, moving apartments, and changing babysitters without any fisticuffs. He’s also thankful for the hex key wrench set he unexpectedly found in his toolbox that allowed him to fix 14 loose door handles, 8 loose faucet knobs, 4 loose towel holders, 2 loose toilet paper holders, and a wobbly dining room table leg in about 10 minutes.
Contributing to a Kickstarter campaign that got a book published aka, Bobo and the Fuss, which is Ammon Brown’s adorable foray into kid-lit. (Note: Ammon worked at Everplans for a while and his puns are still that of legend.)
Dina is thankful for…
Being given another year to watch Jackson smile, and “watch him make us smile.” It was a rough one, but hoping for a better 2019.
Gene is thankful for…
E.A.G.L.E.S. EAGLES! You know, being World Champions and all. (Never thought he’d get to say that in his lifetime.) [Photo Credit: Andriy Blokhin / Shutterstock.com]
Harris is thankful for…
His family and the unconditional love from his nephew Sammy, pictured here.
Jamie is thankful for…
Free meditation videos on Youtube, like this one from The Mindful Movement above. She used them nearly every day to stay calm, focused, and grounded through a year of big, gutsy changes.
Jordan is thankful for…
Crispy pilsners [Photo Credit: Antonio Nardelli / Shutterstock.com]
Kayode is thankful for…
His life, family, and friends. He's also thankful for every of the achievements that 2018 has brought to his life.
Matt is thankful for…
His wonderful fiance. Yep, he got engaged! (Note: The photo above is a stock image, but this is how we like to picture Matt’s proposal. And if he had luxurious blonde hair.)
The Everplans team regularly pushes out new product features, improvements and bug fixes.
At the end of each month, we highlight improvements we’ve made and bugs we’ve fixed. Take a look at the changes we made in June 2018.
Enhancements and Upgrades
For security purposes, we have started checking for viruses on files which users upload to their Everplans. If a virus is detected on an uploaded file, the user will be notified that the file is not permitted, with details on which virus was found.
We’ve made signing up for an Everplan a bit easier by allowing more flexibility in how users can confirm their email addresses.
For users whose subscriptions have expired, we’ve made it easier and more intuitive to reactivate a subscription.
Billing information was not updated correctly for some users who had updated their credit card numbers on file.
Some users encountered an error when trying to sign up for Everplans using an email address that had already been used to create an account.
Fixed: During account activation, some invited clients were not able to continue after updating the email address they wanted to use as their Everplans login.
As always, a big thank you to all the Everplanners, Deputies, and Advisors out there who reported bugs and asked for enhancements. We always appreciate hearing from you.
Here’s a feature we know is important to many of you (though not something any of us like to think about) -- sharing information only after you’ve passed away.
Since launching Everplans, many of you have requested the ability to reveal information in your Everplan only after you’ve passed away. Our new Sharing After Death feature lets you do exactly that: decide which sections of your Everplan you want to share with each Deputy now, and which sections should only be shared after you’re gone.
How Sharing After Death Works
When you add a new Deputy (or change an existing Deputy’s permissions) we’ll ask you to choose which sections of your plan you want to share now, and which sections should only be shared after your death.
Any sections that you’ve chosen to keep private until after your death will remain locked from your Deputy’s view.
In order for your “After Death” sections to be unlocked, you must give one of your Deputies the responsibility and permission to report your death to Everplans.
After reporting your death, the Deputy must wait while Everplans attempts to contact you via email with the opportunity to block the unlocking. You can choose a wait time for your unlockers of up to 30 days.
If we do not hear back from you and the wait time expires, you are marked as deceased in our database, and your “After Death” sections are unlocked for all your Deputies.
Sharing After Death works on the basis of trust. Your unlockers should be individuals you trust and understand your wishes. They should be in good health and be able to take on this responsibility when the time comes. If you are working with a professional, such as a trusted advisor or attorney, you might consider asking them to be your unlocker.
Sections you might want to hide vs. sections you want to keep sharing.
The Sharing After Death feature was built based on the feedback we heard from you. Many of you expressed wishes to hide some of the more sensitive pieces of your Everplans, such as financial details, wills, letters to your friends and family, and passwords to your online accounts.
On the other hand, there are certain pieces of information we suggest you keep sharing with your Deputies. For example, your loved ones will need access to your Health & Medical information such as an Advance Directive and Health Care Proxy. They will also need immediate access to your Funeral Preferences when the time comes. Please keep these situations in mind as you use the Sharing After Death feature.