The Internet has so many options for memorializing lost loved. Some of the sites listed below offer paid options that include additional features, but the primary goal is clear: Create a place where family and friends can honor and remember those who have died.
Overview: GatheringUs is a free comprehensive memorial website that brings communities together after the loss of a loved one. Family and friends can create an online memorial to share memories and photos, post an obituary, designate a nonprofit charity for donations, crowdfund for expenses, send event invites, and track RSVPs. Memorials and event invites can be made public or private, and users can login with Facebook or Google. GatheringUs allows families to find support, celebrate the life of their loved one, and access the necessary resources for their journey.
Overview: Forever Missed is a very user-friendly site. They provide a wide array of templates ranging honoring military, children, 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
Overview: iLasting doesn't have a great deal of unique features to set it apart, but it does offer the basic options such as stories, photos, virtual candles, 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
Overview: Legacy.com is the largest and most recognizable online memorial websites on our list. Options for memorial pages include background music, many different templates, privacy options, a custom url, charity connect, a guest wall, and a timeline of the departed's life. They don't offer custom domain names and template layout has little variation and can look a bit dated.
Pricing: $49 per year
Overview: The only way you can get a memorial on Mem.com is if you go through an SCI-owned funeral home. We included it because it's one of the larger memorial websites and offers all the features you would expect.
Pricing: Not applicable
Overview: Never Gone feels much warmer and welcoming than many of the other sites. Created by a web developer who lost his grandmother and didn't like any of the other memorial offerings, the site itself now stands as a memorial to her. The basic functionality includes photos, stories, guest book, tributes, virtual candles, and a number of personalization options and backgrounds. While not elaborate, it's well designed and best of all, free.
Overview: Pronounced “keeper,” Qeepr allows you to create a free memorial page, add unlimited photos, geotag the final resting place, and easily share the departed’s story so others may collaborate and pay tribute. What sets this service apart are the scannable QR codes (“Qeepr Codes”), which users can place on a headstone to provide a direct link to their loved one's tribute page.
Pricing: Memorial pages are free; Qeepr Codes start at $75
Overview: Remembered has some very good features, including a lot of space to include stories, up to 100 compressed photos for the albums, a Facebook login and easy sharing. The overall design tends to be less inviting than some of the other offerings and there are no templates available. It feels more like a social network than a memorial site.
Pricing: Free for regular and $20 for "Legacy"
Overview: Tributes provides basic templates for a lasting tribute. Their services include extensive resources such as grief assistance, funeral information (maps included), and links to florists and other related services. "The Eternal Tribute," which is their premium offering, includes unlimited photos. 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
Overview: Well-designed and modern, Your Tribute integrates seamlessly with many different social media accounts, allowing for quick and easy memorial creation. They offer standard features such as a guestbook and photos, but they also have an suite of tools for planning a funeral.
Pricing: Basic is free. Premium is $50 per year or a $150 one time fee