What will your “Emotional Will” be to your children?

The following is a guest post from www.passed-on.com

When Marc Oparq, 32-year-old Dutch entrepreneur and father of two, boarded a plane with his wife toward a sunny vacation getaway, they were expecting a relaxing journey consisting of much-needed sleep and in-flight entertainment.

At thirty-five thousand feet, however, things quickly took a turn far from peaceful. Rattled out of his seat, Marco awoke to oxygen masks and carry on luggage crashing down from overhead. The plane had hit a nasty patch of turbulence, and the contents of the cabin were at the mercy of the wind’s violent uproar for what felt like an eternity.

Enduring several minutes of extreme disorientation, Marc was able to distill one clear thought amidst the chaos: his family – most notably his son Santi and daughter Indy (ages 3 and 5).

In that moment, Marc had a startling revelation: “If something were to happen to me today, how would my children possibly know how I felt about them? How will they discover what I have experienced watching them grow up? I have so many things to tell them, but they are too young to even know who I am right now.”

Thankfully the plane escaped the turbulence, and with his newfound idea in mind Marc created PassedOn (www.passed-on.com) – his answer to the unpredictability of life’s everyday deviations.

PassedOn is the world’s first multimedia “eWill” (Emotional Will) service. Through the simple creation of a free account, the user can effortlessly begin to save photos, videos, messages and more into a privatized eWill to be given one day to a Loved One. The user can choose to either release their eWills on a specified date or wait until their time has come.

To Marc and his wife, PassedOn is the perfect service for parents to document their most cherished moments spent with their children. It has allowed them to save and immortalize their interactions, recollections and sentiments raising their son and daughter. Day by day, they add their simple thoughts or observations to these eWills.

For a better illustration, take a look at the following video to see how Marc’s wife applies PassedOn to motherhood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ti62Bj13e8

If you’re still unclear about the benefits and creative potential of using PassedOn, here are some ideas to get you started:

Ten Things Every Mom Must Share:

  • A before pregnancy photo and memory
  • A during pregnancy photo and how you felt during pregnancy
  • A memory about the day your child arrived
  • A video of either your child’s first steps and/or the first time saying “mom” or “dad”
  • Fun times with siblings
  • Your child in their “element” – dancing, singing, playing and just having fun
  • Artwork from school
  • Generational/extended family photo
  • Your own awkward preteen photo
  • Your child’s favorite song or story

So readers, tell us, what would you add to this list when you create your PassedOn account?  Maybe a cute photo of your child with their favorite stuffed animal or pet?  Or how about the time you went on a family vacation? The possibilities and memories are endless.

While there is no way to prepare for life’s uncertainties, with PassedOn you can make sure to let those who made a difference in your life know you will never forget them.

Start today and take control of your moments.



About Commander in Chief At home

Erin is a military spouse and, sometimes temporarily single mom to 4 boys. She's a parenting coach, writer, teacher, special needs (Autism) mom, and much more.
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One Response to What will your “Emotional Will” be to your children?

  1. J. Graves says:

    I can definitely relate to the feeling of not knowing when you will see your child again. As a father of a one-year-old, I can definitely see how a service like this might be useful.


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