Digital Undertaker Ties Up Online Loose Ends

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Yahoo is the go-to place for everything you need online, so why not let them take care of you when you die?

The search giant is offering an appropriately named "Yahoo Ending" service in Japan that will help users "solve problems in the last moments of life," according to a translated news release.

The service is a bit like a digital undertaker -- but with everything prearranged by the person before they die.

Dead People Get Life-Like Poses at Their Funerals

It will delete any messages stored in a user's account, terminate any billing connected to Yahoo. It even allows users to create a memorial tribute site for themselves where they can leave a farewell message for family and friends. The site will only be published once their death is confirmed, according to the company.

Yahoo Ending also allows people to make their own funeral arrangements and offers help for writing a will.

There's no word yet on whether the service will be introduced outside of Japan.

We've seen extreme embalming, where a socialite was fashioned into a life-like pose at her funeral with a cigarette in hand. Yahoo Endings, however, will allow the dearly departed to issue one final message: an invitation to their funeral.

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