The service allows personal notes written prior to their death to be sent to loved ones in the future. Important documents such as wills and insurance details can also be accessed through the service. Organisers insist The Last Messages Club is in no way ghoulish but eases the stress and trauma associated with the death of a loved one. A member can write up to 100 emails that can be released once they die at times of their choosing, such as when a relative or loved one marries or has a child. The Last Messages Club works by giving each member a secure and private vault. They are then able to create messages to be sent specifically to their chosen recipient. These messages can range from a final love letter, guidance for someone left behind, a list of instructions, details on life insurance and other financial information. Photos, videos and documents can also be attached. Simon Gilligan, 63, from Littleport near Ely, Cambridgeshire, has signed up to the scheme and has written messages to be sent to his wife, children and friends after his death. The technical adviser said: "It's strange really as it makes you confront your own mortality in a sense. "I thought at first that maybe it was a bit ghoulish but on consideration I think it's a great idea as it would be nice for loved ones to receive messages from me when I'm no longer here. "The messages are personal but most of them are humorous. It also makes you think about smaller details like making sure you remind someone to cancel your bus pass."
Geoff Reiss, founder of The Last Messages Club, said: "No one likes to think about their impending 'demise', but it is much better to be fully-prepared, so that there is less stress on your loved ones after you pass away." People can sign up to a silver option costing £45 or a gold package costing £190. ( www.telegraph.co.uk )