How to Honor a Loved One Online

When a loved one dies, it’s important to honor the memory of that person’s life. That’s why we plan a meaningful service, full of music and readings that reflect the nature and personality of our loved one. It’s also why we look for ways to memorialize those people we’ve lost, whether through headstones and statuary or with a beautiful urn or memorial jewelry or art. In today’s tech-driven culture, in which most people spend a large part of their time online, it’s only natural that we’d look for ways to honor them on the internet as well.  

Fortunately, there are several different ways to do this.  

  • You can create a memorial website. If you’re web-savvy, you may be able to create this kind of website from scratch, but if not, there are many different sites that will host a tribute to your loved one. Depending on the platform you decide to use and the extent to which you want to personalize it, you can choose your color scheme, pick a theme, add photos and videos, and share pertinent links. Some sites even allow you the capability of creating a donation page, where people can click a link and donate to your loved one’s favorite charity. You can also include opportunities for people to share photos, videos, or stories, or sign an online guestbook. 
  • A person’s Facebook page can be memorialized. If that person has set up a legacy contact ahead of time, the legacy contact will be able to pin a post to the top of the page, update the person’s profile and cover photos, and respond to friend requests. A memorialized page will say “Remembering” in front of the person’s name, and will not show that person in Facebook ads or “people you may know”, or send out reminders on the person’s birthday. 
  • An online obituary and guestbook give people a way to interact. Obituaries are still printed in newspapers, but they have the ability to reach a far larger audience when hosted online. There’s also more leeway for sharing more information in an online obituary, where you’re not charged by the line or the word. Online obituaries allow you to share photos and videos, and the accompanying guest books give people an opportunity to reach out, connecting with others who are mourning the person who has died and offering comfort to the family.  

At Greenwood Memorial Park, we host obituaries on our website, complete with guest book and the opportunity to share photos or videos of your loved one. It’s all part of the way we help families honor their loved ones, providing opportunities for memorialization that change and evolve as our community grows. For more than a century, Greenwood Memorial Park has served the San Diego community, building a reputation for quality, sincerity, and trust. We’ve done that by providing exceptional service, caring for people of all cultures and faiths, committed to celebrating the unique life of each individual while respecting the wishes of every family. Visit us today to see our beautiful grounds for yourself, or visit the website or call (619) 241-4312 to learn more about preplanning.

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