Over the past few decades, the internet has made it increasingly easy to stay in touch. Email and social media keep us connected, and even obituaries are now often found in an online format. There’s also the opportunity to sign virtual guest books long after the funeral is over.

There are definite advantages when you are writing an online obituary. Unlike their counterparts in newspapers, online obituaries are not limited to a certain word count. Deadlines aren’t an issue. And although newspapers usually charge by the line, online obituaries are often available for a reasonable flat fee or sometimes even free.

Another advantage is that it’s easier to make an online obituary visually interesting. You can sometimes include more than one photo, choose a background, and publish in color. Online obits are also more likely to be interactive, not just because of the virtual guest book but also because future generations can access them when researching genealogy.

They’re also easy to share. You don’t have to be technically proficient to share online obituaries through email or social media to expand your reach:

  • You can share the online obituary and comment on it. Putting it on your social media pages makes it easier to let people in your community of friends know about your loss.
  • People can respond with condolences and memories. It can be very comforting to know that others remember your loved one fondly, and you may learn some stories you didn’t previously know. With online obituaries, people can share their thoughts, memories, well wishes and even photographs long after the funeral is over.
  • There’s an opportunity for communal grieving that wasn’t available in previous generations. This sense of community is important because grieving together allows us to begin the healing process.

Another important part of the healing process is a meaningful memorial service. At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we’ve been helping families plan life-honoring services for more than 145 years. We’re proud of the reputation for excellence we’ve built in our community, and we continue to provide offerings consistent with the times, including online obituaries. Call 510.400.4442 to learn how we can help you create an end-of-life service that truly honors the life that was lived.