Online Trauer-Plattform „Aspetos“

1,000 Euro Prize 2010

Country: Austria

Region: Tyrol

Fields of action: Adult education, Health, Other

Project owner: TrauerHilfe Bestattungen & 11media communications GmbH

Responsible person: Dr. Christine Pernlochner-Kügler

Website: Weblink

What is it about?
Since 2009, funeral parlours in the Tyrol and Vorarlberg have been operating an information portal throughout Austria on the topic of ‘death and grief’ in order to provide free care, support and networking for grieving people. The online platform provides information about bereavements with the aid of online obituaries with the possibility of expressing condolences, the obituaries can also be expanded to form an online memorial page. It also offers an online grief forum for affected relatives and an online news magazine as well as a grief counsellor.
Appreciation of the Jury
The aim of funeral and grief assistance via a professionally operated online platform is to ‘guarantee remembrance’ (the platform’s own definition) and to help to deal with finiteness or infinity (‘aspetos’). The online medium is designed to allow or even facilitate a discussion on death as a part of life, by combining practical help and support when dealing with a death. A comprehensive service which can even be individually tailored, the detachment of the worldwide web as a facility for shaping personal tragedy ... an interesting experiment – may it produce the desired effects!