January 21, 2020

Who will remember us when we die?

Keiran Ure, 50

I came from a very small family to begin with, and over the years have found myself with no immediate family members left. A lone repository of family secrets, stories and objects, with no one to whom I can pass these on. Whilst I am aware that I may be in a slightly singular position in this respect, we do appear, in general, to be leading increasingly isolated lives. Increased value and energy is going into producing superficial friendships and the documentation of our lives, whilst paradoxically we are becoming more and more disassociated from those immediately around us, disconnected from friends and family who should know us best. As such, we run an increased risk of having to hand over the minutiae of our lives and deaths to virtual or complete strangers. What responsibility would you be willing to take for a stranger’s life in death and the memories they have left behind?