Social Media Farewell lets you give a digital goodbye

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
We document our lives on social media, but there

Many service members take out a pen and paper and write letters to their families. A new website called SocialMediaFarewell.com brings that goodbye letter into the digital age.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (WOAI) - We document our lives on social media. There's now a website that will help you document your death.

Death is something most of us really don't want to think about, but if you're in a war zone, it's staring you in the face.

Many service members take out a pen and paper and write letters to their families. A new website called SocialMediaFarewell.com brings that goodbye letter into the digital age.

Military culture inspired the website but anyone can use it. The question is simple. "What's your farewell message?" retired service member Omar Zayas reads from a laptop screen.

He says he's wondered before what his final words will be.

This time, he's using Social Media Farewell. When he dies, the website will post the farewell message he writes to his social media accounts.

We'll give him time to get started and introduce you to Jimmie Fontenot, the local retired service member who created the website. He calls the service "emotional insurance." You pay a one-time fee of $10 and the site stores your goodbye message. You can go back and edit it whenever you want with pictures, videos or just a simple note.

And when it's time, one of the people you designated as "trusted friends" will report your death. If all of this sounds morbid, Fontenot says he gets why you feel that way. That's why he told us about his best friend.

"That's Sgt. Ryan Foti," Fontenot says. "Unexpectedly he got sick and died. His mom started posting on his Facebook the next day. And when she was posting on his Facebook, she was looking for a lot of answers. Answers that couldn't be given."

So he created the website to give families those answers. Fontenot and his wife can't help but get emotional while thinking about what they'll share with their children.

"That's all you want," Jacqueline Fontenot says. "You want them to know. You want them to be okay. You want them to move on."

That's what Zayas is pondering: his final words to his daughter, and what he wants her to know when he's gone.

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