It was 2010, and Jon Loew was preparing to die. Doctors had given the then 39-year-old entrepreneur just months to live after a reaction to an antibiotic severely damaged his central nervous system. Despite the excruciating pain — “I couldn’t see or hear properly, I had a migraine headache for 30 days and had tearing in my ligaments,” he says, an experience that he equated to “Hell in a biblical sense” — his concern was for his children, then ages 5 and 8. Image credit: Jon Loew “‘What’s going to happen when I’m gone?’” he remembers thinking. “‘Who will [my kids] talk to?’”
He wanted to be there for his children even if he was no longer physically present, and so he videotaped messages for them to watch at major future milestones including big birthdays, graduations and weddings.
Thankfully, these videos never had to serve as his surrogate. Doctors were able […]