ABSTRACT

This chapter describes the last journey, from the reluctant planning to the digital manifestations afterwards. In the digital age, death is no longer hidden away from everyday experience even if the physical body is still held by institutions, the connected actions and emotions are out in the open for everybody to virtually stumble upon. As the physical life is intrinsically connected with online services and digital social networks, so is the physical death. The perimortem phase is the time just around the death of a human being, when the chief mourners are about to lose a loved one or just did. Online undertakers are giving the more traditional businesses competition, and the funeral service itself might be webcasted for those not able to attend. Many memorials have some kind of interaction possibility, and the visitors might address the dead as well as the living in the communication.