Online Memorials

Create an online memorial to honor a loved one.
Create an online memorial to honor a loved one.

The purpose of a memorial is to preserve the memories of a lost loved one, of the love you shared, the lessons you learned and the impact they had on your life. Online memorials, also called virtual monuments, offer a non-traditional, but valuable way of doing just this.

By posting a tribute on a online memorial website, you have the benefit of sharing this tribute with family and friends, regardless of their geographic location. You can write personal stories of the times you shared, a life history of your loved one, create a family tree, or post photos and video.

Remembering your lost loved one keeps them alive in your life. Constructing a tribute in the form of an online memorial, helps to reflect their qualities, skills and interests and chronicle the unique relationship you shared.is a lasting and meaningful way to preserve your memories.

A cemetery in Autumn, a woman mourns.
A cemetery in Autumn, a woman mourns.

Create An Online Tribute

Through the use of photographs, music, and writing, you can preserve and reflect on the most significant moments and events of their life. Take the opportunity to reflect and describe your personal relationship and the ways you benefited form their presence and influence. Writing about the loss of a loved one is therapeutic. It will allow you to embrace the many emotions accompanying your loss. Family and friends can view the online memorial, sign a guest book and light a virtual candle. They can also offer sympathy and support by adding comments and treasured memories.

Onlne memorial websites make it simple for users to setup a tribute. Additionally, some sites offer grief support through community forums and article libraries to aid you in the process of understanding the grieving process.

There is a huge selection of sites and formats from which to choose, each offering something slightly different. Some are completely free ; some charge a one-time fee for their services. It is worth the effort to look at all the available options to find the site that is most suitable for the type of online memorial you would like to create. One of the best free sites is Valley of Life. Here you can create a page or life story with photos, video and a family tree. They include a memory bank where family and friends can add their stories.

Online Memorials for Pets

Many of the same features are available when creating an online memorial for your pet. In the resources section you will find links to some of the top rated sites to create a memorial for your beloved animal friend.

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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

What a good idea. I have a friend whose cat just died and I think she would like a memorial. Lovely thought. Thanks for the inspiration.

Also, do you know about www.findagrave.com? It is a comprehensive list of cemetaries all over the world(but USA concentrated) where you can find out where an ancester or anybody at all is actually buried. Then if you want you can create a virtual memorial and leave virtual flowers on the site. I did it for my great great grandmother It was kind of nice.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thank you, Robie for the additional information! I had never heard of that service and I think many people would be interested in it, especially those who research their family tree extensively. Thanks again. :)


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prasadjain 8 years ago from Tumkur

Yes, that's possible. But do you think people read those articles, atleast 10% of the visitors?But , as you told, it serves atleast as a therauptic outlet.


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Like you said. I think it would give those people living thousands of miles away to view a video or at least share their thoughts with the family and friends when not able to attend the funeral themselves.


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rudevils 8 years ago from Indonesia

nice idea amy, just like bob marley said "In This Great Future You can't forgot your Past"


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi prasadjain, thanks for commenting. I think the articles and support offered by these sites are quite valuable to someone going through the grieving process, particularly if it is the first time they have lost someone close to them. Understanding the process and the stages of grief can be helpful, as well as knowing when it would be necessary to to seek professional help.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi Eileen, I do agree, families need to pull together during times of loss, and this is one way that family members that a spread out geographically can do that and support each other. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Thanks Rudevils - remembering the past in this way is a good thing!


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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

I've noticed that Facebook has many memorials. When someone dies (usually a young person) there is someone who will create a group dedicated to that person.


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

This is a great idea. I have bookmarked it.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

Amy,

Thanks for the great ideas about living memorials. I went to that Valley of Life site and it is amazing. I still can't believe how many resources there are on the internet! Thanks for another great Hub.


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lifesabeach4me 8 years ago

What a great way to remember someone and to share stories and pictures that others may not have known about. Knowing only your experiences with someone, say your grandfather, really gives you only a small glimse of who that person is, but if you could listen to other peoples stories and see pictures that you have not seen... that would be priceless.


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J D Murrah 8 years ago from Refugee from Shoreacres, Texas

Amy,

Your hub is fascinating. I have heard about online memorials and am glad that you finally wrote a hub on the topic.

Thanks,

Jeff Murrah


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi Uninvited Writer, thanks for commenting. I guess their are many ways to post an online memorial. :)

Glad you liked it, cgull8m!

Hi Doghouse, yes, some of these sites are quite amazing in what they offer. Thanks for reading and checking it out :)


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

I agree, lifesabeach! A collaborative effort remembering someone's life can give everyone involved a clearer picture of who a person was. Sharing different stories is a great way to celebrate a life.

You are welcome, jeff. I am so glad you found this interesting. Thank you for reading and commenting.


Rey Marz 8 years ago

One of my brother's friends has recently passed away, so this Hub really hits home for me. This friend knew people across the U.S. and even as far as Japan, and so far they've been coming together via instant messaging. But they haven't a single place online where they can all come together and honor this person and his life.

Eileen said it perfectly: "It would give those people living thousands of miles away to view a video or at least share their thoughts with the family and friends when not able to attend the funeral themselves."

Great Hub....


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi Rey, I think setting up a site for family members to communicate would be very helpful to your friend and his family. Like you said, they could all be together that way. Thank you for reading and commenting. I am glad you found this hub useful :)


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi Rey, I think setting up a site for family members to communicate would be very helpful to your friend and his family. Like you said, they could all be together that way. Thank you for reading and commenting. I am glad you found this hub useful :)


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States

Amy, this is great info! I din't know all of these sites existed but I did create a memorial page on MySpace that has done well so far. I will be checking into some of these, even the pet ones. I would like to make one for my baby I lost last year. He was a 16 year old pekignese/wiener mix and I still miss him every day. This will be a great way to remember him as well. Thanks for all the info!

Bonnie


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

You are welcome, Bonnie! I hope you do create one for your dog, I think it helps to remember and celebrate all they were to us. :)


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

Thanks for the good information- I hadn't really thought about using the internet in that way-after my parents died though I did join an online grief group- and it was through that group that I was able to process alot of my grief-being able to do this with a online memorial tribute is also an excellent way to honor our loved ones and our relationship with them.Thank-you.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

You are welcome, Dorsi. I think different things can help you deal at various stages of the grieving process. Sometimes we need support, sometimes reflection and often we feel the need to honor those we loved so much! Thanks for reading and commenting.


Warm Tribute 8 years ago

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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Warm Tribute!


Grace 5 years ago

It's so important to find a way to pay tribute to those that you've lost. It helps tremendously with the grieving process and helps you begin to heal and move forward.


benyd2svma 4 years ago

I would like to suggest Your Tribute http://www.yourtribute.com. They have been providing permanent online memorials since 2002 and work with hundreds of funeral homes as well. You can create a free online obituary to remember a loved one.


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amy jane 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thank you for the suggestion!


Abc News 4 years ago

Hey amy have you visited o4lm.com? If not, they now have over 20,000 facebook users and they are continue to grow.

I've yet to see any memorial website that has the tools and products that o4lm.com provides. I would seriously recc. for you to check out their website and maybe you can increase your expertise/services within their website and reach a wayyy broader amount of people. Over 82,000 funeral homes worldwide have now registered with o4lm.com and they have recently just turned down a 3.million deal from google pretty neat huh? What makes it different is that they only been live for a year.....

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