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Who will handle your online affairs when you die?


I’ve already figured out where the physical me will spend eternity.

But what’s going to happen to the digital me?

This is something most of us probably haven’t thought about much. But we should. It’s not just our Facebook page or Twitter account that are involved, either. Think about our online bill payments, email and for me, all my writing’s out there in The Cloud. What happens to all that when you’re dead and gone or seriously ill? What will you do if you’re left to deal with that aspect of a loved one’s life?

The non-profit Life Matters Media is partnering with WBEZ-FM (91.5) and Elements the cremation company to present an evening to think about this weighty issue, but in a more relaxed setting — during Chicago Craft Beer Week, which is this week. Thinking about one’s demise can be tough, so isn’t it a great idea to have people mulling the situation with a beer on their hands? I think it is.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 19) at Revolution Brewery, 2323 N. Milwaukee. The $25 fee includes a brewery tour as well as five Core House beers — Anti-Hero IPA, Bottom Up Wit, Cross of Gold, Eugene Porter, 1 Seasonal Selection — and food as well as the discussion, Your Digital Afterlife. Tim Akimoff, director of digital content at WBEZ, will offer tips on how to make sure your online accounts are in order.

Life Matters Media is a 501-3(C) organization that helps those at the end of their lives and those who care for them as they make tough final decisions. Register for the event here.