New Service Will Send Email From Beyond the Grave
'Yahoo Ending' will delete documents, deactivate accounts, more
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2014 7:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – With a quarter of Japan's population already 65 and older, a new service from Yahoo Japan called Yahoo Ending aims to help people plan for their own afterlives, including the digital details. For $1.80 a month, subscribers can plan their funerals, manage their posthumous online content, and create a "memorial space" where loved ones leave messages for the dearly departed. The subscribers can also compose their own farewell thoughts, to be emailed to loved ones from beyond the grave. Users can pre-arrange for accounts to be deactivated, subscriptions to be canceled, and certain online content to be deleted after their death. How does Yahoo Ending know you've died? You have to give a booking number to someone in advance, and that person calls the service after your death and provides said number, setting the pre-arranged plan into motion.

"Yahoo Japan’s job has been to solve social problems through the power of the Internet and to provide services from the cradle to the grave," a Yahoo Japan spokeswoman tells the Washington Post. “We had services for the cradle part but not the grave part.” Thanks to a partnership with funeral services company Kamakura Shinsho, Yahoo Japan will also help with even more end-of-life planning—known in Japan as "shukatsu." Users can get advice about graves and wills, and even plan their funerals—which, in Japan, often means a wake, a Buddhist service, cremation rites, and burial of ashes, all for an average of $18,000, reports PC World. As part of a Yahoo Ending plan, a user's funeral preferences can be shared with loved ones after death. (Check out another arena Yahoo is trying to conquer.)

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Veritas
Jul 27, 2014 5:47 PM CDT
Hello, I am officially dead, please leave a message and I will get back to you when I can.
CaptainStubing
Jul 27, 2014 4:14 PM CDT
I'm sure we'll read in the future about at least one person receiving an email similar to this: To: Larry Johnson From: Kyle Smith WTF????? I WAS TAKING A FREAKIN" NAP, DUDE. NOT COOL.
libproud
Jul 27, 2014 3:02 PM CDT
All joking aside,this post ww11 era technology is not applied in all the correct places.Boomers made sure of that.What good is a Ford that can park itself,if the since 1950's infrustructure is falling apart??? Yeah,who gives a crap,Joe shmuck has his little hand held shit that he is addicted to......He's good....