Reinventing How You Notify Your Family and Friends When You Lose a Loved One

Reinventing How You Notify Your Family and Friends When You Lose a Loved One

A UN report estimated that 258 million people live in a country other than their country of birth. Two-thirds of the world’s population has access to a mobile phone. The internet has made distances shorter and the world smaller. Traditional newspaper obituaries are challenged by new solutions.

In many parts of the world, it is still common to publish obituaries in the newspaper after the loss of a loved one.

Easier access to computers and an increased utilization of smartphones provides instant communication with anyone, anywhere. With more than half of the world's 7.6 billion population having internet access, it is about time to change how we communicate the loss of a loved one.

People Spread Across the Globe

In 2017, according to a UN report, India was the largest country of origin of international migrants at 17 million, followed by Mexico at 13 million. There are now an estimated 258 million people living in a country other than their country of birth — an increase of 49 percent since 2000.

In recent decades, the world has become more globalized with increased international trade and free movement of capital across borders. There are an estimated 56 million expatriates worldwide. Today's children and youth grow up in a global society characterized by high mobility and increased diversity. It is common to have a broad network of friends that ranges from school, family, colleagues, business partners, and acquaintances, who come from all over the world.

Having families, friends, and acquaintances living around the world creates some challenges when we lose one of our loved ones. Newspapers have a limited scope and obituaries being the go-to-solution for publication is one of many reasons that family and friends are not notified quickly enough after loss of a loved one.

“Placing an obituary in the newspaper when a loved one dies is a time-honored tradition in many countries. The reality is that newspapers continue to have a declining readership and precipitous drops in circulation. Obituaries can also be quite expensive”.

In communities where the funeral takes place as quickly as possible, traditional obituaries are not fast enough and relatives will normally call only the closest family members and let “word of mouth” take care of the rest, with no way to track and know who has been informed and who has not.

Sharing the news on social media such as Facebook is an option, but it is easy to lose control of how things are shared in open social media. Online memorial pages are increasing in popularity, but you still have to inform people in a timely manner.

Memcare is Solving a Big Problem

When we created Memcare, we spoke with families and relatives who had lost a loved one, hospitals, religious communities and managers and owners of several funeral homes in both our home country of Norway and internationally. We asked questions like, how is it done today? How could it be done better?

The result of the feedback and a comprehensive development process was Memcare.

“Memcare has become a better alternative to ineffective and expensive newspaper obituaries, which solves a big problem for relatives and families all around the world”.

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