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Can AI Help Us Get More Comfortable With Death and Grief?

Andy Walker
Andy Walker
March 13th 2023 - 5 minute read
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Eirene's AI-powered writing assistants can help you write an obituary for a loved one who has died or condolences for a friend or colleague.

You may have heard about artificial intelligence and new systems like ChatGPT (which has been in the news lately) that are good at answering questions in a human-like manner. But how can this new technology help with very human challenges like funerals, cremation and managing the death of a loved one?  

At Eirene, our company was founded because there was a need for simple, compassionate, and affordable services around end-of-life arrangements. We launched the company with an online platform that makes arranging a cremation easier, more accessible and transparent. Our modern approach is an effort to use new technologies to make life easier for families grieving the loss of a loved one.

So how can artificial intelligence ("AI" in techspeak) make a very difficult human process easier? Our technical team took on the task and developed two new tools that harness AI to help with that challenge. They are the first of many tools we have planned for our site to help our client families complete the necessary tasks when a loved one dies.

To start, we've engineered two free online tools, which include:

We expect to add to these offerings in future. For now, here is a look at the new AI-powered tools and how to use them.

Obituary Writing Assistant

Our free online obituary writing tool can help you create a death notice quickly so that you can share it with friends and family or publish it in print or online. You simply enter the name of the deceased person and some basic details about their death, and our AI-powered system will write an obituary about them in seconds. This takes the time and complexity out of a task that could be very stressful at a time of grieving.

The Obituary Writing Assistant then can automatically generate an obituary that you can use for various purposes, such as social media posts, online or print death notices, or as part of a notification process for friends and family of the deceased.

The tool is designed to be a helpful resource for grieving people who may not know where to start writing an obituary. It can help ensure that the obituary includes all the necessary information, such as the person's full name, birth and death dates, surviving family members, and any significant accomplishments or contributions. We welcome your feedback as we continue to improve and develop the tool to make it even more user-friendly and helpful. Try it now.

Condolences Writing Assistant

Supporting someone grieving can be challenging, especially when you don't know what to say. We have created a simple and free condolence writing assistant tool powered by AI technology to make it easier for you to provide comfort and express your condolences.

Eirene's Condolences Writing Assistant is an online tool that helps you craft a thoughtful and heartfelt message to someone who has lost a loved one. It provides guidance and suggestions for expressing sympathy and offering support in a sincere and appropriate way.

Using our tool is easy. Enter the name of the person who passed away and the person who will receive the condolences. Then choose from pre-written messages or use the tool's prompts to write your personalized message. Once you have crafted it, you can send it directly from the tool or copy and paste it into an email or other communication platform. Try it now.

How much do Eirene's AI-power tools cost to use?

Both the Condolences Writing Assistant and the Obituary Writing Assistant on Eirene.ca are free to use for everyone. We do not charge for their use, and you do not need to be an Eirene client to use them. We offer them as a public service.

Do I need to install a software program to use the tools?

No, there is no software to install before using either AI-powered tool on our website. The tools work directly from the web. Simply click the links provided above and use the tool in your web browser.

A good starting point

As with any new technology, these tools are designed to be a starting point. What they produce for you may be perfect to use as is. Or you can also copy the output into a word processing program and customize it to your liking and add further personal touches. The tools remove the anxiety of a blank page and not knowing where to start or what to write or say.

The intention here is to help people become more comfortable talking about death by giving them useful tools without taking the personal element out of message writing.

We’d like to hear from you

We hope you find these AI-powered tools useful. We'd love to hear what you think about them and would like to hear from you if you have suggestions to improve them. Send your comments to support@eirene.ca.

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