Creating a meaningful obituary that captures how very important your loved one was in your life is an important step in the grieving process. How to Write an Obituary: A Step-by-Step Guide is a trusted resource that can help you create a meaningful tribute to help you remember your loved one, mourn their passing, and celebrate their life.
PartingWishes.com is a site that offers online memorials, as well as will and power-of-attorney tools and forms. Their online memorial service is free for three months, and uses an easy wizard that walks you through the process. To access their online memorials, go to PartingWishes.com, then scroll down to the box that says “Online Memorials.”
Virtual-Memorials has been around since 1996, making it one of the first online memorial web sites. They offer a 14-day free memorial with all of the site’s features. After 14 days, the memorial will convert to s free memorial, which only includes the text of the main page and any guestbook signatures from the 14-day trial period. If you want to keep the rest of the features, you can sponsor the memorial for $55, or $4.95 per month.
YourTribute.com has been offering online memorials since 2002. You can create an online memorial with them free for 30 days. After 30 days, it costs $30 to kep your memorial online for one year, or $50 for a lifetime. The link to the memorial section of their web site is http://memorial.yourtribute.com/
iMorial.com is a free service that offers many of the features of paid services. If you’re not sure about how well an online memorial will work for your loved one, iMorial.com could be a good place to try it out without making a long-term commitment. If you decide you want to try one of the paid sites, you can always do so later. Memorials on iMorial.com can be public or private.
ChristianMemorials.com offers a free simple obituary page. They offer free 14-day trials on all their packages, which range from basic ($25 – includes basic features and hosting for 12 years) to Premium ($300 – includes all features, 300 mb of storage, and permanent hosting). Sites can be public or password-protected.
If you’re not sure whether or not you want to create an online memorial for your loved one, you could try Memory-Of.com to see what the features are like, how it works, and what kind of comfort it offers you and your friends and family. Memory-Of.com offers a 14-day free hosting period, then has options for monthly ($4.95), annual ($49.95), or everlasting ($94.95) hosting fees. You can also easily create a hard-copy bound memory book from your memorial site.
Remembered-Forever.org allows you or your loved ones to light virtual candles, leave tributes and condolences and share your memories, upload photos of your loved one, add video and/or audio clips, and create a timeline of events in your loved one’s life or post their biography.
You can create an online memorial page that is open to the public, or password-protected so that only the people you choose can access it. Even if you don’t create an online memorial, you may want to visit their grief support forums at http://www.remembered-forever.org/forum/index.php
Remembered-Forever.org memorial sites cost $98 for permanent hosting. (They are free for five days.) A portion of the fees are donated to charity.
If you want to share your loved one’s obituary with people who live outside of your chosen newspapers’ circulation area, you may wish to create an online obituary or memorial page.
There are many, many online memorial sites, and they often offer similar features, but the fees and ease of use can vary wildly. In this blog, we’ll review some of the top online memorial sites so you can choose which site makes the most sense for you and your family.