London, England – People keen to twist the knife in their grieving loved ones’ guts after they’re dead can now do it quickly and conveniently thanks to a new online service.
The Last Messages Club promises to send letters to friends and relatives telling them exactly how you feel about them when you’re safely dead. The speed of delivery depends on how much you pay – it could be several months after you’ve been hit by a bus and your nearest and dearest are just rebuilding their lives when a virtual tear-stained letter drops onto their doormat and the grieving process is kicked off again. Nice.
Fancy having a bit of a laugh after you’re gone? Then why not cause a divorce from beyond the grave by sending an old girlfriend an explicit email detailing how good she was in bed which is read years later by her husband?
One customer told the Daily Telegraph: “I thought at first that maybe it was a bit ghoulish but on consideration I think it’s a great idea as it would be nice for loved ones to receive messages from me when I’m no longer here. The messages are personal but most of them are humorous. It also makes you think about smaller details like making sure you remind someone to cancel your bus pass.”
The Grim Postman behind the idea, Geoff Reiss, founder of The Last Messages Club, said: “No one likes to think about their impending ‘demise’, but it is much better to be fully-prepared, so that there is less stress on your loved ones after you pass away.”
Naturally, an idea of such genius is unlikely to be unique. Indeed, we discovered that we had written about an identical service, My Last Letter, several years ago while writing in another place.
At the time, I suggested: “Alternatively, you could always take the opportunity to tell someone you love them before it’s too late. You could do this by phone, email, text or, for the truly adventurous, even face to face.”
One obvious downside of these services is that if they go out of business before you shuffle off this mortal coil, you’ll have no recourse but to come back later and haunt the people responsible.
A good example is Timelessmail, on which Boingboing reported back in 2001, which appears to have, err, died.
And if you want to see what genuine messages from beyond the grave look like, just check out the reader comments at the end of this story.