Greetings from beyond


Imagine receiving a new e-mail from an old friend that begins, ‘By the time you read this, I will have passed on.’

It could happen, as a result of a new Internet service called . Through this new service (which costs $12 to $24 annually), subscribers create and store e-mail messages containing their final adieu to friends and family. After a subscriber has bought the farm, his or her messages are forwarded to the intended recipients following a verification of Social Security Administration death records. …