For a generation known for broadcasting internal monologues across the Internet, millennials lack an appropriate digital platform that memorializes someone after they pass away. Grief and loss are rarely represented and shared on social media — when they are, the dilemma of whether to “like” or “sad react” to a person’s post, still persists. One stands at a loss for the right words, and generic comments of “may his/her soul rest in peace” and “my condolences for your loss” don’t help a person who is trying to fathom someone’s death.
It is a challenge to make sense of all the data left behind once someone passes away — photographs, videos, conversations and most importantly, memories. For Ever After is a digital museum of all that data — a space designed to memorialize a deceased person and celebrate their life. The online community grieves and heals together by sharing photographs, videos, voice notes or songs that remind them of their loved one. This digital memorial is a shared cloud of memories that can be experienced by anyone from anywhere, at anytime. It is a tool to release pent-up emotions and a space where others are invited to grieve and empathize as one. The digital museum lives for ever after, dedicating a permanent virtual presence to a person, even after their physical presence is long gone.