Sunday, February 9, 2014
As obituaries become more antiquated, families are increasingly likely to use the Internet to mark their loss. But which online memorial service is best? Here are the four most common websites and their pros and cons:
- Facebook is free, but only allows memorialized accounts to be visible to existing friends. It’s good for sharing with a large network, but there isn’t any way to appoint a guardian to moderate posts.
- LifeStory.com is also free and has a nice presentation. However, it’s only visible with a Facebook login.
- Legacy.com costs $49 for the first year with a $19 annual renewal. It’s the largest memorials website out there with the longest track record, but it has a dated look and functionality.
- ForeverMissed.com has a $35 annual fee and a $75 ‘lifetime’ fee. It has a clean design without any ad clutter, but it doesn’t have a section for fundraising.
See Geoffrey Fowler, Online Memorial Services: After a Death, Celebrating a Life Online, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 28, 2014.