About Final Wish

CEO/Founder
Andrew Erik Smith


It all started in 2010 when I ended up in the hospital for 6 days. Truly there is nothing like sitting in a hospital bed to get you thinking about life and death. For me this was especially true because I had just lost someone close to me. In just a few months this person went from being a healthy individual loving life and preparing for their retirement, to being diagnosed with cancer and passing away. So there I was lying in that bed thinking about my own life, and how none of us know when our time will come. I started to think about what my loved ones would do if I were to pass. Do they even know what I want in terms of a cremation, a funeral, or a celebration of life?

I decided I needed to write my final wishes down. Then I got to thinking about the celebration I would like, the photos I’d want shared, and the music I’d like played. I was pretty sure that nobody knew what I’d really want. But where to write this all down? A formal will didn’t seem like the right place. Neither did a journal.

Then it clicked. I realized there are a lot of people in the same situation. I mean do you really know what your brother or your mother or your partner wants shared at their funeral? Do they even want a funeral? I remembered a buddy of mine saying he wanted Free Bird played at his funeral so people would have to think about him for at least 10 minutes. But did his family and friends know this? Then again had his musical tastes changed since we had that conversation?

I decided to build a secure website that fills a common need and creates a positive experience that allows members to work from home at their own pace and share their final wishes through confidants of their choosing. The confidant if they accept would set up their own free account and be able to view the member’s final wishes only at the time of their passing. The Final Wish web platform works on all devices and has a uniquely tailored framework that not only has the means to store uploaded information, but also to present it.

Ultimately I see this site as a means of ensuring that people’s final wishes are respected and to provide peace of mind for the member and their friends and family at a time they will need it the most.

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