Online Memorials for Loved Ones

How to Create an Online Memorial for a Loved Ones, People, & Pets

The Benefits of an Online Memorial 

You still might be wondering why you shouldn’t just go with a regular obituary and call it good. Here are the benefits of creating online memorials for loved ones:

  • Everyone can share stories

    An obituary is usually just the facts about a person’s life, a listing of their family, and how you can remember the deceased. An online memorial allows you to include stories from the person’s life. You can ask family members and friends to include their memories with words, photos, and/or video.

  • Keeping memories alive

    Sharing stories of a loved one we lost helps us keep their memory alive. We can relate to others through these moments in time, and they help us keep our loved ones alive in our minds.

  • Connections & social sharing

    Friends and family are scattered all over the world. Creating an online memorial is an easy way to share stories and photos of your deceased loved one on social media. You can also share the link via email or text message.

  • Extra Space

    If you’re putting an obituary in a newspaper, you get charged by the word. With an online memorial, you aren’t restricted to a certain space. You have the option of writing whatever you want, as well as including photos and videos. You aren’t limited in what you can include, which allows you to add as many memories with your loved one as you want.

How to Make an Digital Memorial Feel More Personal

Many people are used to using obituaries to alert people to someone’s death. Creating an online memorial for a loved one allows you to make your remembrance more personal and more in-depth. An online memorial also allows family members or friends from all over the world to add their memories. It’s also possible to link the memorial to social media sites, so it can be shared even further. 

What to Include When Creating an Online Memorial

No matter what kind of memorial you choose, you need to keep in mind what’s most important, celebrating the life of your loved one. It's important to note, there is no right or wrong way to do this! 

  • Give it a title

    First, you will definitely want to include a first and last name, so everyone knows who this online memorial is dedicated to. Think about words you can add to make it more meaningful.

    For example, John Smith, a Friend to Everyone He Met, or Jane Doe, a Woman Who Loved to Sew. Just think of the best way you know how to capture who your loved one was and how you want them to be remembered.

  • Start with an introduction

    Think of one thing that really captures and introduces your loved one to someone else. This doesn’t have to be formal. Speak from the heart. People will relate much better if you show some emotion.

  • Include a brief biography

    Don't forget to talk about your loved one’s career, accomplishments, charities they supported, major life events, and any other details you feel are worthy of mentioning.

    However, don’t feel like you need to list every little detail, although you can if you'd like. That’s the beauty of the online memorial, you can include as much or as little as you want.

  • Pick a theme

    When choosing a theme, think of what your loved one really loved to do. Did they like to write? If so, include one piece they wrote that you treasured. If they were an artist, choose to use photos of their favorite creations. Whatever you choose, you can carry that theme throughout your whole online memorial.

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My LifeJars provides the ultimate tool to ensure no one’s legacy is lost or forgotten.

  • Add photos, stories, & video

    This is another way to make your online memorial more personal and memorable. You can choose meaningful photos and write captions for them. You can do this for video clips, too. It gives people a way to remember special occasions and relive those moments years after your loved one is gone. My LifeJars offers wonderful ways to organize your most treasured audios, photos, and video.

  • Other extras to add 

    What other things were significant to your loved one? Was there one saying they lived by? Is there a certain song that always reminds you of them? Were they a writer? Think about what extra items you could add to their online memorial. Each item you add will make your tribute even more memorable.

  • Get help & ask for feedback

    Lastly, you may find it helpful to ask others for help. Once you have created your online memorial for your loved one ask other to share their thoughts and feedback.

    You may be surprised, some might remember things a bit differently than you do. Having someone look at what you have planned makes it more personal for them, too. You should ask other family members and friends to share their stories and memories, and include them in the memorial.

How to Use My LifeJars to Create an Online Memorial 

Ways to Share the Memorial

Okay, after you have everything created, added personal touches, and published the online memorial you created for your loved one, now it's time time to start sharing. 

Here are the ways we recommend sharing the digital tribute:

  • Send a text with a link to the page
  • Email the link to the page
  • Send a video announcement
  • Post a link on social media
  • Invite people through the My LifeJars 
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Funeral Celebrant, Healing & Loss Expert

There have been few times I have see someone’s life story recorded. Families say how much they regret not having written their loved one’s story before they passed. They realize too late and their family history is gone.

My LifeJars is an excellent, easy to use tool. I love how information is converted into a printable life story that can be read at a funeral and saved as a keep-sake, it’s brilliant!

The Advantages of Choosing an Online Memorial

As we said before, an online memorial offers many more options than a traditional obituary does. Here are some of the advantages of an online memorial:

  • Fewer limits - You have many more options and more space in the online format.
  • More options - You can use a variety of photos, videos, and music with as much text as you want.
  • Guestbook - Family and friends can share their own memories and connect with others.
  • Easily shareable - Since all of the memorial information is online, you can easily share it via text, email, or social media. It will also be there forever, so it can be accessed by future generations.

Here's a Few Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Create an Online Memorial for Loved Ones

Technology changes every day and there are so many options out there for online memorials. Keep these things in mind when choosing what is best for you:

  • History - Look at how long the website has been around and what other people have to say about it.
  • Longevity - You want your online memorial for your loved one to be around for a long time, so make sure you check to see how long it will be live on the internet.
  • Ease of use - Take a look at the user interface and see if it’s easy to use. Also, make sure to check out that you can add all the extras you want, like photos, videos, and music.
  • Security - Make sure the website has added protection and measures put into place to make sure all of your information is protected.
  • Hosting environment - Reliability is a big factor in making sure your online memorial is always accessible.

The Perfect Place to Create Online Memorials

My LifeJars is the perfect place to create your online memorials for loved ones. It’s also important to note you can create online memorials for pets you have lost, too. We know pets are an important part of many families.

Our platform allows you to store all of your personal information, including personal documents, passwords, memories, photos, and videos, so you protect your legacy when you are gone.

My LifeJars also allows you to add online memorials for your loved ones and pets, so that they are easily accessible to your family and friends. You can easily add tributes to those you have lost on your Remembrance Wall. Once you do this, you can choose who has access to these digital legacies.

Once you grant access, people can start adding their own memories to those online memorials. You can also copy the link to share the digital legacy with others.

What Are the Benefits of My LifeJars?

My LifeJars offers a basic account that is free forever and never expires, as long as you are active and assign a My LifeJars Guardian.

With this basic account store 24 memories, 24 things, 16 passwords upload file sizes up to 10MB and access 2GB of data storage. Create a life profile for yourself as well as for 4 other family members or friends and 4 legacies.

Only switch to a Gold paid account if you want to add unlimited memories, things & passwords, unlimited life profiles & legacies, upload file sizes up to 500MB including videos and store 200GB of data across all the profiles and legacies you create.

The My LifeJars app offers the following benefits:

  • Encrypted data - very advanced and multiple layered cryptographic protection.
  • Safety and security - access and review your information anywhere in the world with secure authentication.
  • No advertising - you will not be shown any ads from third party platforms while using the app.
  • Supports giving - My LifeJars donates 10% of annual subscriptions to our Partners, which you select to support.

Create Your Forever FREE My LifeJars Account Now. It’s easy to do, offers you peace of mind and control of WHO can access your memories, vital documents, important information and passwords - and WHEN they can access them, NOW or in the FUTURE.