New ‘death tech’ product aims to alleviate end of life trauma

An innovative new online product, Biscuit Tin, has launched, aiming to help people prepare for their death whilst leaving those family members left behind with peace of mind and minimal stress following their bereavement.

Named after the old biscuit tin every family used to have for storing important documentation, Biscuit Tin is a secure digital vault which can hold important documents, account details, memories and post life wishes. These are then released to nominated loved ones in the event of a death.

As the population in the UK is increasingly getting older, coupled with the rise in over 35s becoming more digital savvy, there is a growing need for a secure way in which nominated individuals can terminate online accounts of those who have died, if they so wish.

A recent YouGov survey* demonstrated that 25% of Brits wanted their social media information deleted entirely, and a further 26% wanted the data downloaded, taken offline and given to family and friends. Over 58% of Brits show an intention to pass on their passwords for their computer to family before they die.

The Biscuit Tin is a secure digital solution to this problem and is able to hold all the valuable information required by a loved one once someone has passed away, addressing issues which are often not talked about in life and can be difficult to discuss face to face. For example, post life wishes such as funeral arrangements, organ donation, guardianship of children and beloved pets, can all be tackled and held securely and privately until such time as your family will need them.

Founder and CEO of Biscuit Tin, Sheila Hogan, a business architecture consultant and past President of the Association of Scottish Businesswomen, started the business following the death of her parents. As an only child, the trauma of having to deal with the aftermath of their deaths, particularly after her father’s death, on her own, was almost too much to bear. She commented:
“My own painful experience of having to deal with my parents affairs whilst going through immense grief made me determined to make the whole process easier for other people. I felt completely unprepared for the amount of work involved in closing down their lives.

“Our mission at Biscuit Tin is to make death less of a taboo subject, and for it to be more socially acceptable to plan our own deaths, saving those left behind unnecessary hassle and stress after we pass away by being able to access all the crucial information, wishes, memories and instructions we’ve left behind. Our service aims to make the closing down of a loved one’s life much easier than the very manual and protracted process it is today.”

During the set-up of a Biscuit Tin account, customers can choose ‘nominees’ to be the executors of their digital vault, allowing access to all their data only when it is needed. A Biscuit Tin subscription costs £59.99, with the option of a 14-day free trial.

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