Who Are Social Embers - Digital Legacy Consultants

A personal bereavement during 2012 led to the foundation of Social Embers in 2014. Sandy Weatherburn, our founder, became interested in the digital aspects of bereavement. We have evolved over the years and now Social Embers Digital Legacy Consultants offer a comprehensive range of end of life related services for individuals, small businesses, solicitors and hospices.

Here are some of the things Digital Legacy Consultants get up to!

STEP Special Interest Group Member 

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners have a SIG (special interest group) that focusses on the management of digital assets within estate planning. Sandy is a member of this group, which brings digital legacy experts together from around the world, giving assurance to Social Embers clients who will always receive the most recent and accurate advice about digital assets and digital legacy planning.

Presenting at University Events

During September 2017 Sandy began studying a Master’s degree course – Death, Religion and Culture, at Winchester University, which she has now completed, and will be graduating as a ‘Master of Death’ in September 2020. During this time she has given presentations at universities that are related to those studies. She has also attended many conferences, to broaden her knowledge. 

Supporting Dying Matters Week

We have supported several events during Dying Matters week, which takes place in annually during May. Sandy was a panel member and speaker at a community event – ‘Dying Well Takes Planning’ during this week in 2017.



Training for Hospices and Charities

Our presentations and training events are mostly based in Dorset where we hare based, but we have been further afield. We have worked with Dorothy House Hospice in Somerset and St Christopher’s hospice in South London. We have also supported an event at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations headquarters, advising on suggestions for  digital ‘in memory giving’, for a number of charities. 

Getting Awards

We were delighted to be nominated at the annual Good Funeral Awards, receiving commendation in two categories.

Good Funeral Awards

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Social Embers3 days ago
Yesterday I took part in Zoom meeting where we were discussing the new rituals that are going to be needed during lockdown. Technology has a large part to play.
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Social Embers4 days ago
Grief is not about death, it is about loss.
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Social Embers6 days ago
Becoming part of this group will allow me to collaborate with great minds on the topic of virtual funerals.

I have written in the past about many virtual funerals, which have often been for celebrities, allowing millions of their fans to attend. Whilst most UK crematoriums have video recording technology that allows for funerals to be shared to people who can not physically attend, virtual funerals have not been the predominant way of bringing people together for funeral rituals.

In this dramtically changing world due to Covid-19, I am aware of the huge pressure that has suddenly been put on funeral workers, and the concern that they have over infection risk. They have been idenitified as key workers in the UK and our government have issued guidelines that restrict attendance to funerals.

Therefore creating a virtual funeral ritual has suddenly become very important. Exploring the impact of this on mourning, grief and bereavement is vital, as we learn to create new rituals that are both meaningful and ethical.
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Social Embers6 days ago
Video technology means that bereavement support can continue.
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Social Embers7 days ago
Yesterday I posted a presentation about wills and digital assets. It is linked in the previous post if you would like to see it.
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Social Embers1 week ago
Apologies but due to lockdown I am unable to get out into the community to give presentations, so I have recorded one instead.
Please take some time to watch it with sound on (about 10 minutes) and let me know if you have any questions.

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