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Bereavement in a digital era ?

GUEST,Overwhelmed 19 Aug 14 - 11:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Aug 14 - 12:18 PM
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Subject: Bereavement in a digital era ?
From: GUEST,Overwhelmed
Date: 19 Aug 14 - 11:54 AM

A close relative suddenly dies.

In this instance a middle aged unmarried [bi-sexual*] single woman.

Until only a few years ago, one of the main formal admin difficulties would have been
finding important paperwork and closing down financial accounts.

Now on top of all that, we find a flat full of terrabytes of hard discs and pen drives;
boxes of burnt CDs & DVDs;
shelves of hundreds of hours of various format analog and digital video-cam recordings:
and many more hours of mini cassette dictation recorder 'notes to herself';
and the bookcases of typed & printed folders of 'creative writing'.

Plus the password protected PC and laptops,
Ebay, paypal, and a myriad of passworded online special interest forum memberships.

Where do you even begin ?

[* only relevant in the sense that there is trepidation after clearing out certain 'intimate' items from the bedside cabinet,
regarding approaching the video 'home recordings' which a grieving elderly parent is very keen to start watching ]

I offer this a starting point for discussion and reflection.


In our case immediate decisions needed to be made
due to pressure from the landlord to clear the flat to a limited deadline.

So most Burnt discs that were labeled with 'Fan club' & 'Fan Fiction' ephemera and off air VHS recorings had to be skipped,
regardless of what the true content may have been.
Likewise the folders of printed ' fan fictions'.

- very difficult decisions, but transport & space is limited and we can't afford storage.

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Subject: RE: Bereavement in a digital era ?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Aug 14 - 12:18 PM

Is there a key to all of the passwords somewhere? Chances are bills may have been paid online and may not even arrive in a paper form any more.

Look for bread crumbs. She must have had reminders for herself, or used the same password for everything.


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