The Top 10 Online Memorial Websites
Online memorials have become increasingly more popular over the past few years. Here are the top 10 online memorial services and websites.
This article will provide a brief overview of the top online memorial services. These pages are a great way to allow people from all over the world to pay their tributes to the deceased. While some of them are free, others charge a small fee for enhanced features.
This free site is a fantastic way to honour the deceased. It may be used for communities to pay their respects, crowd-fund for charities and organise meet-ups/gatherings.
Perhaps the most widely used and most recognisable name in the industry, this service costs around £40 per year and offers a greater degree of personalisation. Memorial pages can have background music that automatically plays and a wall for visitors to leave messages on. Like gatheringus.com there is also the option of a charity donation page. However, the interface is a little old fashioned.
This website is much sleeker and easier to work with than those previously mentioned. The interface is tactful and there are a wide range of templates to choose from. Background music, charity donations and ‘virtual candles’ are included in the free basic version. However, if you desire to upload additional videos, pictures or other media then you will need to upgrade to the premium versions which start at around £25 per year.
Created by a web developer to memorialise his own grandmother this page and layout feels a lot warmer and personable than many of the other (which sometimes feel a little corporate). While not over-brimming with personalisable features it does offer a lot of the standard services: photos, backgrounds, tribute pages and candles. It is one of the best free options out there.
An online digital vault for your most important life documents, optimised to allow you to share your wishes, preferences and documents with your trusted advisers (lawyers, accountants and solicitors) and close friends and family.
This site’s technological features set it apart from the rest. QR codes can be placed on gravestones or elsewhere that redirect those who scan them to the deceased’s memorial page. You can even ‘geo-tag’ their final resting place for those who want to pay their respects in person but could not make the funeral. Along with these ‘techy’ features are the standard memorial pages that visitors can read and collaborate on. These memorial pages are free but the codes and bonuses cost around £60.
This service is exceptionally integrated with Facebook: users can logon through Facebook, post photos and share the page at the click of a button. However, this convenience, along with the fact that you cannot change the standard template/background, does mean that it can sometimes feel a bit too much like just being on social media. Standard is free while the ‘legacy’ option, which allows unlimited photos and private pages, costs £15.
While this site may appear a little more basic than the other previously mentioned it does integrate and guide users to other beneficial services such as grief counselling, funeral services and more. Additionally, rather than an annual subscription fee, it only asks for a one-time payment of £15; or £40 for the premium service which offers more customisation and unlimited photos.
Why not check them out for yourself and let us know which one you think offers the best memorialisation for your loved one.