A spooky new service that sends beyond-the-grave messages to grieving loved ones, is being launched in Britain today.
Inspired by the Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank film PS I Love You where a widow receives a series of uplifting letters from her late husband, Heavenote lets the living film a pre-death video to be screened on their passing.
Already popular in America where high risk workers like the armed forces and fire fighters have signed up, it is the brainchild of businessman Vincenzo Rusciano.
The start-up project has been financed by crowdfunding and is said to be foolproof so it does not send out the dearly departed’s final message to the world ahead of them dying.
Once the poignant farewell has been filmed, a named trustee is given a codeword which is tapped into a secure database when the person dies to verify their passing and then the message is sent to a list of recipients.
Alternatively, users can set a time for Heavenote to contact them to ask “Are you alive”.
If no answer is received at the agreed time of contact, the system assumes you have died and sends out the message.
It costs £22 for a ten minute video and Mr Rusciano who has a daily Heavenote death check said: “I theoretically die every day to check that the site’s working as it should.”
And in two weeks Heavenote will launch a smartphone app that allows those signing up to send a message to their Facebook page after death.
Mr Rusciano said: “When working in Barcelona, I saw a number of bad accidents whilst on my motorbike and wondered how I’d get the chance to say goodbye to the people important to me when my time came. This hit home when a friend of mine suddenly passed away.
“And seeing the film PS I Love You illustrated the impact of leaving messages. The digital age can make this much easier to do.”
The service has been developed by start-up specialist Innovify and boss Maulik Sailor said: “Almost all digital legacy services are focused on the practical administration of assets, but Heavenote supports the equally, if not more, important emotional and relationship legacy.
“Yes, it’s handy people can access your bank or social media account but what about that lasting and most important message you want to leave behind that you never got the chance to say in person?”