Harborough man’s virtual vault will help commemorate loved ones
A HARBOROUGH man has set up an online ‘vault’ where people can send virtual messages to lost loved ones.
Jeff Stephenson has set up the site, at www.virtualvaults.co.uk, which allows people to send an email to the website which contains their thoughts.
Mr Stephenson said: “Have you ever wished you could get in touch with a loved one who has passed away? Perhaps it would be to tell them some good news about the birth of a new family member.
“You could write a letter or an email - but where are you going to send it when you have no address?”
Mr Stephenson said that upon reaching the website, the email is securely detroyed.
He added: “No-one will ever see what has been written, yet the thought in the visitors’ mind has been passed on.
“The idea came about when I was visiting an exhibition at the British Museum, which looked at how society has dealt with death down the ages.
“Lots of people, particularly women, find it cathartic to visit the grave of a late family member or friend and put down flowers or tend the grave.
“That’s OK but I then started thinking about how we could use modern technology to deal with our thoughts about the deceased.”
Mr Stephenson said the website has no membership fees and there is no charge to send an email.
He added: “I haven’t spent a lot of money on it and I have no idea if it will work but I thought I ought to put it out there and just give people the opportunity to use it.
For information, visit virtualvaults.co.uk/index.php or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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