Death isn’t something many people are comfortable talking about, but it’s become more and more evident that planning for it is a wise move. You work hard to be able to live the life you want, and planning for contingencies in this case isn’t daring death to ‘come for you.’ It’s taking the time to pragmatically think things out, and then take control of how your personal, professional, and digital assets can be taken care of. Just in case.
Related article: Disaster Recovery and Your Business
For a quick background context, here are four articles highlighting the issues people have encountered when they lost loved ones:
- Don’t Let Your Husband Take His Passwords to the Grave (Leslie Milk , Washingtonian)
“I told my email provider my husband died. Then they locked me out of our account. “
- What Happens After A Hacker Dies (Patricia Hernandez, Kotaku)
“On December 2014, Michael Hamelin, a hacker and physicist, died in an unfortunate car crash. He is survived by his wife, a scientist named Beth Hamelin—who not only has to deal with the grief that comes with a loved one passing on, but also has to manage the intense security measures that Hamelin left behind.”
- Here is another viewpoint on the same family: Dealing With The Digital Afterlife Of A Hacker (Patrick Howell O’Neill, DailyDot.com)
- Death leaves online lives in limbo (Peter Svensson, USAToday.com)
“When Jerald Spangenberg collapsed and died in the middle of a quest in an online game, his daughter embarked on a quest of her own: to let her father’s gaming friends know that he hadn’t just decided to desert them.”
You have an on-line life as well as an offline life — don’t leave your family or business twisting in the wind by ignoring one in favor of the other, or by sticking your head in the sand. It’s neither good business practice nor well-thought out to do so.With the way we live, things are too interconnected to “just leave it to God” and “hope for the best.” And hope alone has never been a strategy.