"I received an email from my dad today," a user posted this week on the subreddit /r/TwoXChromosomes. "He died two years ago."
The redditor's father used a website called FutureMe, a service that lets you send your future self an email. If you are a registered user, you can also send future emails to other people.
The redditor, who goes by the username Beersie_McSlurrp, sent us an excerpt of the email from his father:
"Hello Son, I am talking to you from the grave, wooooooooo. I always said I will come back and haunt you.
Seriously, by the time you read this, I will have passed on. Hopefully by now you have adjusted well enough to life without the old man and you have managed to help your mother adjust. I have complete confidence you will be taking just as good care of her as I did.
I have a few thoughts to share with you and a few insights which wet never got around to discussing in the last few months where I was still coherent (I'm imagining the morphine will have turned me into a bit of a vegetable. Hopefully I entertained you with some decent hallucinations or jibber jabber).
The first thing I want to say is just how proud I am........"
"I'm going to leave it there as it gets personal for me," Beersie_McSlurrp said in a Reddit message.
Digital afterlife isn't a novel conversation. Facebook rolled out a legacy contact feature last year to let users determine who manages their page after they die.
As this Reddit post reveals, these services aren't all for naught. People are really using them to send touching, posthumous messages to loved ones.