What You Need To Know
Many of these sites offer paid options that include additional features. The primary goal of each is to create a place where family and friends can honor and remember those who have died. Features and pricing vary widely and this list is by no means comprehensive, but we hope it will point you to a few good places.
Sanctri has two large benefits compared to the rest of the group: It is housed within Facebook and it is free. Among the features are privacy controls, supportive communities of people in similar situations, and it allows for public memorials to famous people as well. Creating a Sanctri is simply a matter of walking through the setup wizard where you can draw information from Facebook to help you create the memorial.
Legacy.com is among the larger of the online memorial websites. Options for memorial pages include background music, many different templates, privacy options, a custom url slug, charity connect, a guest wall, and a timeline of the departed's life. They do not offer custom domain names and the layout of the templates has little variation and can look a bit dated.
PRICING: $49 per year
Forever Missed is a very user-friendly site. They provide a wide array of templates ranging from military, children's and everything in between. They provide a limited selection of background music as well. You can log in with Facebook, control the privacy (public or private) and allow visitors to leave virtual flowers and lights. Premium features include adding videos, multiple administrators, and additional picture uploads.
PRICING: Basic is Free; Premium is $35 annually or $75 lifetime
Tributes provides basic templates for a lasting tribute. The Eternal Tribute is their premium offering and includes unlimited photos. Their services include extensive resources such as grief assistance, funeral information such as maps, and links out to florists and other related services. Tributes.com charges a one-time fee rather than an annual recurring fee, making them an attractive offering for paid services.
PRICING: Basic is a $20 one time fee; Premium is a $50 one time fee
Imorial is a smaller site and focuses on the community aspect of grieving. This site provides photo albums, tributes, and friends and family groups. Their pages are very personalized as well. There does seem to be a fair bit of people talking about their losses well after the memorials have been created, which can at times detract from the site's experience. Most of the memorials appear to be for younger people.
Remembered.com has some good features, such as a long space for a story, up to 100 compressed photos for the albums, Facebook login and easy sharing. However, the site runs a little slowly and we got a few error pages as well. The overall design tends to be less inviting than some of the other offerings and there are no templates available. The site feels more like a social network than a memorial site.
PRICING: FREE for regular and $20 for "Legacy"
iLasting does not have a great deal of unique features to set it apart, but it does offer the basic options such as stories, photos, candles to be virtually lit, and some songs. The premium version includes more verses, video capability, and a donations area.
PRICING: Basic is FREE, Plus is $49 a year and Premium is $99 one time fee
Never Gone feels much warmer and welcoming than many of the other sites. Created by a web developer who lost his grandmother and did not like any of the other sites out there, the site itself now stands as a memorial to her. The basic functionality is there such as photos, stories, guest book, tributes, and virtual candles. There are a number of personalization options and backgrounds to choose from as well. It is not elaborate, but it is well designed and best of all, free.
Well-designed and modern, the Your Tribute website integrates with many different social media accounts, allowing for quick and easy memorial creation. They offer the standard features such as guestbook and photos, but they also have an suite of tools for planning a funeral as well. Like some of the others, they offer a one-time fee option instead of annual payments.
PRICING: Basic is free. Premium is $50 per year or a $150 one time fee
Mem.com is included here because it is one of the larger online memorial websites. However, it is run by SCI funeral homes so it is not available to the general public. To get a memorial on Mem.com, one must go through an SCI-owned funeral home. Mem.com has all the features you would expect.
PRICING: Not applicable