How Vox Mortuis Works

Setup You write some emails. We call them events, because they have some special options that ordinary emails don't have. Vox Mortuis stores them very securely until they are triggered.
Timer 1 The countdown begins. The timing is up to you. The trigger time can be from one day to a whole year. Typically, you might set your first event to trigger after a week.
Timer 2 An event is triggered. Eventually, your first event is triggered. This is usually an email to you, reminding you to check in.
Mobile You check in. Checking in is as simple as clicking on a link using a computer or a smartphone. You don't need to login, just click on the link, and your timer is reset.
Timer 3 The countdown continues. If you don't check in, eventually your next event will be triggered. This could be another reminder to check in, or perhaps an email to a trusted friend who could check in for you.
Email If you still don't check in... More events are triggered, sending emails to your friends and relatives, giving them the information you wanted to pass on to them.


An event is simply an email that Vox Mortuis will send on your behalf if you haven't logged in or checked in for a while. You decide on the content, the email addresses, and the timing.

The sequence of events described above is just an example. You can keep it simple, or you can construct a complex chain of events with numerous safeguards and different information released to different people at different times. The timing, number of events, recipients, and the content of the emails sent are entirely up to you. Everyone's circumstances are different.

Checking In

Checkin links are special links to our site that include a code that anonymously identifies you to our system. When you, or someone else clicks on your personal checkin link, we reset your timer. No data entry is required and no personal information is given out during a checkin. So it's quite safe to let someone else check in for you. However, you do need to make sure that your checkin link is not made public, otherwise your timer might be reset when it really shouldn't be. If you suspect that your checkin link may have become public or fallen into the wrong hands, there is a very simple procedure to cancel it and generate a new one.

Safety Events

Most people probably want to define at least one "safety event" that asks a trusted friend or relative to checkin for you if you are taken ill. Your friend can checkin for you as many times as necessary.