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. [The sites below are listed in alphabetical order.]
Overview: 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 unlimited photos and videos, a custom playlist of songs, illustrated stories, and multiple administrators.
Pricing: Basic is Free; Monthly: $6, Yearly: $47.88, Lifetime: $95
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: Previously known as "Qeepr," Keeper 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, which users can place on a headstone to provide a direct link to their loved one's tribute page.
Overview: Kudoboard allows you to create a collaborative online memorial that resembles a vibrant and respectful Pinterest board, which can be easily shared with friends and family. Plus, you can download and print a high-resolution version of the board -- or have them print and ship you a poster for a fee -- which can be displayed at a funeral or memorial service to honor the deceased.
Pricing: Free for mini memorials (up to 10 posts); $99 one-time charge for a full memorial
Overview: The only way you can get a memorial on Mem.com, which stands for Making Everlasting Memories, 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
Memories.net is one of the largest providers of online memorials and obituaries. They have a clean and simple design (check out an example here), which allows users to upload photos and videos, share life stories and select from a library of quotes. In addition people can customise the page background, control privacy and create a timeline of life events. To share the memorial page with family and friends, and allow them to contribute, you have to upgrade to the paid version.
Pricing: Free for up to 500 photos and three timelines; a "Plus" subscription for more storage and timelines starts at $2.99 per month
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: 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; $20 for "Legacy" and $80 for "Legacy Plus"
Overview: The homepage for Tributes.com looks a bit dated but their basic templates make it a solid memorial platform. 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 and they also took over Legacy.com's memorial section, which no longer accepts new memorial sites
Pricing: Basic Death Notice: $20; Premium Eternal Tribute: $50
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