PALO ALTO, Calif. — October 25, 2011 — Honoring the memory of our cherished departed is a universal need. In many countries around the world, All Saints’ Day is when people celebrate the memory of their loved ones and visit the cemeteries where they are buried.
However, modern demands can make it difficult to travel to graves and time to express our emotions and memories can be challenging to find. Yet people need a destination at which to pay their respects.
In many countries, cremation continues to be a preferred method for handling final disposition. According to the Cremation Association of North America, only 3% to 5% opted for cremation until the early 1980s. By 2005, the practice had passed 30%, and estimates for 2010 exceeded 38%. Clearly, this is a response to personal choices and changing lifestyles in modern times.
From the Traditional Grave to the I-Tomb
With www.i-tomb.net, the World Virtual Cemetery launched in September 2011, people now have a respectful space to preserve the digital memory of their loved ones and to honor and share their memory, conveniently, from where they live.
I-Tombs are the natural complement of grave stones and funeral urns. An I-Tomb is a richer experience than a traditional grave. Each I-Tomb tells the story of the deceased’s life through personal biographies, photos and videos. Visitors of the World Virtual Cemetery can mark their visits with candles, flowers or incense. Friends and family can leaves tributes, share memories and give thanks. An I-Tomb keeps forever the memory of a person’s life in ways that no plaque or tombstone could.
The adoption of an I-Tomb further reflects these changes. It answers the human need to preserve the memory, and it allows loved ones to bring back to life the memories of their departed from anywhere at any time.
From October 25th 2011, it will be possible to visit I-Tombs of the departed from an iPad, a truly unique and moving experience. Any device with a Web browser, or any iOS device will now provide a portal for visiting the World Virtual Cemetery. This update for mobile users arrives just in time to celebrate the Day of the Dead, All Saints’ Day
The Digital Memory of the Deceased is Invaluable, it must be preserved
Tour any graveyard and the evidence is everywhere: even the most basic information, such as someone’s name and time on this earth, are prone to erasure by weather and vandals.
I-Postmortem Limited’s mission is the preservation of the digital memory of the deceased for the long term.
Preserving the integrity of the digital memory of the deceased for decades and generations is a very serious commitment that involves substantial investments in safety, capacity and data conversion as existing technological formats continue to evolve. The text and media placed at an I-Tomb must be as clear generations from now as they are today.
Much more than a memorial website operator, I-Postmortem Limited is a company built to answer those challenges and provide a credible and sustainable answer to this fundamental need.
Amongst its shareholders is one of the largest secure data warehouse provider in Switzerland that caters to the largest banks, telecommunication and industrial companies. The memory of the life of the deceased -- I-Tomb’s data -- is safely kept in a highly protected environment within servers located in Switzerland and benefit from the highest standards of safety and security.
Contrary to most memorial websites, I-Postmortem charges subscription fees for the service.
Business models based on advertising or e-commerce will never meet the financial challenges of the preservation of the digital memory over the long term and run contrary to the respect due to the deceased.
It is because I-Tombs are paid for through subscriptions that I-Postmortem is in a position to deliver its promises. As with any mortuary, these fees help ensure the long-term availability and continuation of the memory. Similarly, these resources help ensure that convenient access to I-Tombs will continue to spread beyond today’s PC and iOS devices and into the key browsing technologies of tomorrow.
Like insurance companies, I-Postmortem commits to long-term benefits in the form of preserving the integrity and readability of the digital memory and it is the company’s intrinsically sound business model and finances that makes the difference.
It is because there was a need for a universal, respectful and protected environment to bring back to life and honor the memory of the deceased that I-Postmortem created www.I-Tomb.net. The World Virtual Cemetery -- an advertising free, protected website.
While an I-Tomb is where others pay their respects once someone is gone, an I-Memorial, also offered by I-Postmortem at www.i-memorial.com, is a service where the living can prepare for their future passing in full confidentiality.
Users can build their own Life Story (My Memorial) that will become their I-Tomb upon their demise. They can also leave posthumous messages to loved ones, write out their last wishes, and securely store digital files that will be disclosed selectively to designated recipients and will never be made public. An I-Memorial account is a chance for people to take control of their legacy, final words and messages in a way that is convenient, simple and thoughtful. Like an I-Tomb, an I-Memorial account is subscription-based and designed to last throughout time.
I-Postmortem will exhibit I-Tomb.net and I-Memorial.com at the National Funeral Directors Association NFDA International Convention & Expo being held Oct. 23-26, 2011.
I-Postmortem Ltd. is a U.S. company incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.. Services are exclusively focused on the preservation of the integrity of the digital memory of deceased people for the long term. The company’s long-term sustainability comes from its intrinsically sound financials, a utility-like business model, and an experienced management team comprising of executives with proven track records in finance, industry, marketing, and IT.