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The suicide note or death note usually, states the reason(s) for the writer emotional and physical state and reiterates the suicidal tendencies that, if acted upon, will result in an attempt to end the writers life.
As to what actually goes in the note is more of a personal nature. Some only wish to state the reason why they are to destroy their existence from the world and justify their actions. Others may wish to state how they want their body to be disposed of, whether by cremation, coffin burial, or any other form that they may have chosen. Yet others would like to leave their possessions to said individual(s) whom they have addressed by name in the letter.
Beyond these archetypes the possibilities are limitless. The suicide note could contain anything. Perhaps it is the lyrics of a song the writer liked, maybe its a hate note to an individual, it could even be a blank note with the words 'suicide note' written on it for the sole purpose of comedic affect. No matter the reason, a suicide note, if truly meant, is composed by the writer with all and any emotion, thought, idea, or reason that the writer has chosen to leave behind for whatever reason.
There are two ways with which one can send delayed e-mail on the Internet: via delayed e-mail services, and via an e-mail client.
Delayed e-mail services
Two of the best known services for delayed e-mail are probably Time Cave and FutureMe.org. There is even one service that especially focuses on sending out e-mails after one's death, which is Death Switch.
The same goes for Mozilla Thunderbird, which is a free e-mail client that can be used by not only Windows users, but also Linux and Mac users. However, Thunderbird first requires the install of a plug-in called "Send Later" before one can send delayed e-mails. Go here and here for information regarding this plug-in.
Gmail, which is a free web-based e-mail service, provides for the delayed sending of e-mails by way of a utility called Boomerang for Gmail. Boomerang for Gmail is free in its Basic version which allows up to 10 messages monthly.
Steps: 1. Install Firefox or Chrome browser 2. Open Gmail account if you do not have one 3. Install Boomerang for Gmail extension 4. Use Boomerang for Gmail to schedule delayed e-mails
You could just encrypt your email using, say, ROT13. When people first see it, they'll probably think "What's this?" and ignore it. Possibly they'll reply asking for an explanation, and then move on with their other activities. If you have a last-minute change of heart and decide not to kill yourself, people will probably not think anything of the email other than that it was a bunch of gobbledygook that you never explained.
On the other hand, maybe you will actually kill yourself. In that case, after your death, people will wonder what that strange email was that preceded your death. Maybe they'll dig it out of their archives or trash folder and take another look at it. Some of them will eventually figure out how to decrypt it and tell the others. Anyone who knows how to solve a cryptoquip can decrypt a sufficiently long message written in a substitution cipher in a language with which they're familiar. See this link.
The whole point of delayed e-mail is to keep people from finding out you're planning on killing yourself until after you've had time to do it. That way, they can't intervene. A substitution cipher probably slows people down from figuring out what you're saying long enough that you can get the job done, if you're using a reasonably fast suicide method like pentobarbital. If it takes longer than about an hour to kill yourself by your chosen method, you're probably using a bad method anyway. (Pentobarbital puts you to sleep in a few minutes but it might take another hour to die. Some other methods take as long as 24 hours; depending on your situation, that could create a significant possibility of discovery and intervention.)