Set up memorial page for relative with 6-9 months to live
April 28, 2014 6:22 PM Subscribe
My stepfather-in-law was recently diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer that's metastasized to spine/hip/neck and he's facing chemo and a not-so-great prognosis. What are options for setting up something like a memorial page that his former students/colleagues/friends/family can post well wishes and reminisces and the like that he can read now and be cheered up?
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The guy's 81, taught philosophy for many years, traveled to Cuba multiple times, really and truly loves discussing and debating and arguing in the pure sense of the word, and is just such a sweet and awesome guy. As of the end of March, he had a cold he just couldn't shake, and now he's facing chemo and has a catheter/drain implanted in his chest so they can drain his lung a few times a week and fucking JFC what the fuck. And he's just facing it with such aplomb, I mean he's sad about dying and missing being around, but he's still laughing and joking and living his life.
His wife (my mother-in-law) wants to set up a website for various people to post things to. The only thing I could think of off the top of my head was his Facebook page. It's pretty sparse right now, so it could be set up pretty easy. I was thinking of emailing his former colleagues, former students, etc. and asking them to post little snippets of what they remember from him. So he could log onto fb and see what people were saying, maybe have a conversation with people, see newer pics, etc. I mean, it sounds like exactly what fb is supposed to be for, right?
So what am I missing? Is there a better option? I know fb will now memorialize a page upon a user's death; how does that work in practice? And would it be possible to make a book from this information?