How it works

Last Wish is devoted to safeguarding your memories and ensuring your last wishes are clear and accessible by your loved ones. It’s built on three very simple principles: your last wishes, your last wish beneficiaries and your final arrangements.

Once you register, create your account and pay a nominal annual fee of $9.99, you’ll be guided through a simple process to record the following:

Last Wishes: Say what you’ve always wanted to -- or reinforce what you’ve always said -- to your friends, family and loved ones by leaving messages that include your fondest memories, cherished pictures and heartfelt thoughts and feelings.

Beneficiaries: Your beneficiaries are people to whom you leave last wishes, typically friends, family members and others who have had a significant impact on your life and legacy.

There are two types of last wish beneficiaries: Friends, family members or others who have significantly impacted your life that receive goodbye messages with your last wishes for them, and also the person (or people) you designate to carry out your desires for your final arrangements. Once you set up your beneficiaries, they will be notified by email that you are thinking of them and should anything happen to you, they will receive last wishes from you. Your final arrangement beneficiary will get a message that specifically says you have entrusted them with this honor and responsibility.

Final Arrangements: This is where you let your designated beneficiary (or beneficiaries) know your desire for how you’d like to be interred and memorialized. These final considerations include if you want to be buried or cremated, if you have eulogy requests, the religious tradition(s) you prefer and so on. The more details you share, the more guesswork you take out of a process that otherwise can be devastating, confusing and complicated.

You can update your last wishes and beneficiaries as often as you’d like.

When the day comes that you’ve passed on, it is a simple process to “unlock” your last wishes. It simply requires a proof of death (i.e. a certificate) to initiate the distribution of your last wishes.