A rising number of hospice providers are turning to smartphone and tablet apps with digital-memory-sharing platforms to enhance bereavement services as they support patients, families and friends going through the dying process. The technologies make it possible for users to memorialize loved ones through videos, audio recordings and other media forms.
One such application, After Cloud, recently launched in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
“It essentially gives people the ability to capture moments in any form, and it’s designed specifically with end-of-life and palliative care in mind,” said Darren Evans, founder of the firm. “People can capture real-time moments and publish them at a future date if they wish.”
Hospices are required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to offer bereavement care to patients’ families for 13 months after a loved one dies.