I was staring into my husband’s eyes the night before he left for a 7-month deployment.
He had already kissed our children good night and goodbye. His bags were packed and piled by the front door. The only thing left to do was wait.
Wait for the moment when he left at 3 a.m.
Wait for the text message saying he landed safely in Guam.
Wait for the recorded message announcing the time and date for his homecoming flight.
In between those moments of goodbye and welcome home, I spent a lot of time thinking. I reflected on our past. I dreamed about our future. I worried that there were important unsaid things between us that needed to be said.
For service members and their spouses, mortality may be something that we think about every day. Not just during deployments. Not just during training missions. It’s something that’s always in the “what-if” part of our minds.
The creators of the app, bucketnote, understand our need to be prepared for the “what-ifs” of military life. They also understand that the important things shouldn’t go unsaid.
What is bucketnote?
bucketnote “is the app that lets you archive your thoughts, special messages, family traditions and stories to share with your loved ones when you’re gone.” It’s a digital journal for today’s modern age.
Notes can be photos, videos, voice memos or written thoughts. You can record your favorite family stories. These notes are then edited by you. You are the only one who has access to your notes. You decide who you want to share these notes with and when you want the notes shared.
The developers of bucketnote reassure users that this app is 100% secure. They say “Rest easy knowing your most treasured photos, messages and instructions are protected by our software and will only be delivered to your designated recipients when it’s time.”
There’s also an add-on feature, bucketcapsule, which allows you to create a message which can be delivered well into the future after you’re gone…like for a granddaughter’s 18th birthday or on the birth of your grandchild’s first child. bucketcapsules can be a special message or piece of advice that you want her to have on that day. This note can be a video of you singing “happy birthday” or saying “I love you” or a piece of motherly advice to a new mother – anything at all!
What can I do with bucketnote?
Say you have a spark of inspiration while grocery shopping, you can create your note on your smartphone while waiting in line at the commissary. Later you can revise and edit this note on your tablet. You may want to add a photo or a video to this note. You can easily do that with a few taps on your tablet.
Then you can take a deep breath and be at peace knowing that this note will be delivered to your loved one when you’re gone.
Other features of bucketnote include:
- Enjoy a seamless experience on every device
- Complete privacy – notes are completely private until they are ready to be shared
- Many formats to choose from – text, image, audio and video
- Cool add-on feature like bucketcapsule that lets you pick a date in the future to send a message for a big event, wedding day, graduation or any special date to you
- Convenient, easy and secure
No one wants to think about passing away. No one wants to think about the sorrow that our spouses and children will feel at the time of our deaths.
But in those moments, our notes of love, support and faith can guide them through this tough time. Reading your words, listening to the sound of your voice and watching your smile will mean everything to them in that moment.
Leave them a bucketnote today.
*This post is a sponsored post for bucketnote.