Detroit-based Everdays, a social platform that builds communities around milestone life events and provides people with the ability to stay up-to-date about deaths in their life’s network, Thursday announced the introduction of a free new consumer app.
Launched three years ago by Mark Alhermizi, CEO of Everdays (formerly Requiem), and founder and former owner of GSTV — Gas Station in Detroit, the digital platform has connected 1.5 million friends and family during times of loss. The service enables families to quickly create a space to privately message condolences, share photo and video memories, participate in events, and be there for loved ones.
“By the time most adults have a family, we’re touched by a relevant passing about once every 30 days. But, as life gets more hectic, we all lose touch and our networks grow to be large and scattered. So by the time we find out about a loss, it is too late to show the support for the family when they need it most,” says Alhermizi. “Our mission is to make sure that never happens again by keeping you connected and informed about these milestone events.”
Everdays allows friends and family to build a community of support at any scale, with communities often reaching 1,000 members and growing as large as 20,000 members in a few days.
The Everdays mobile app and website use interactive, conversational technology to learn about users and what networks they care about, such as high school, employers, military service, hometown, and even local funeral homes. When a family creates an Everdays announcement, the platform uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to make connections throughout the network using matching parameters.
Everdays then sends immediate notifications about deaths within those networks to keep community members informed. Because the community knows about the passing in a timely manner, they can support the family as circumstances allow, either in person by attending services or from afar by sending condolences.
Since some people may be unsure of the right thing to do or say at a difficult time, the Everdays Guide provides advice on how best to support grieving family and friends. The app’s built-in knowledge base provides automated suggestions and helpful hints that community members can use to provide the right support at the right time.
“I know from personal experience how upsetting it is to find out too late,” Alhermizi says. “When my dad passed, I deeply appreciated the people who came to honor his memory. But because I had moved away, when those people suffered a loss of their own, I just didn’t know and wasn’t able to be there for them the way they had been there to support me. I felt terrible, and I aim to eliminate that with Everdays.”
The Everdays app is available for both iOS and Android.