Seeking Emotional support for participants
As explained, if at any point you wish to withdraw from participating in this interview you may do so, no questions asked. Your data will be deleted and will not be used as part of my research (except from reports that have already been published). If you need to talk to me again following this interview – whether it is to clarify something, share further thoughts or any other concerns you might have that are related to your participation in this project, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Further information on assistance and support
Some of the matters brought up in this interview could be difficult to cope with. If you find yourself with any stressful thoughts or feelings following our interview, here are some possible venues for support:
Central London Samaritans offer support to anyone going through a crisis. Phone number: 08457 90 90 90 or +44(0)20 8394 8300. They also have a walk-in centre between 9.00am-9.00pm seven days a week. Check their website to find their nearest branch:
You may also contact them via email on: email@example.com.
Cruse Bereavement Care offers support for individuals dealing with the loss of someone close. They can be phoned on 0844 477 9400 or can be contacted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. They also offer face-to-face group support across the UK. For further information please see their website: http://www.cruse.org.uk/home
HOPELine UK offers confidential advice and support for individuals aged 35 and under, who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. You may contact them by phone: 0800 068 4141, text them at 07786209697 or email them: email@example.com. For further information please see their website: https://www.papyrus-uk.org/help-advice/about-hopelineuk
About my project
This site is part of my PhD research project at LSE. My research looks at websites that enable users to plan and prepare their online presence after their death. I am interested in interviewing users of such websites and hearing about their thoughts and experiences. My project also includes interviews with designers and analysis of the platforms themselves.
Hello and thank you for your interest in my PhD project. My name is Paula Kiel. I am a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the Department of Media and Communications. Click here to view my personal page on the university website.
I am interested in digital media and in the life cycles of communication technologies. I look at how digital technologies take particular forms, and how they are used at different stages of our lives. In my current project, I am particularly interested in the question of digital legacies, and how people manage their digital life after death.
I currently live in London.