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n. 1. Something, such as a monument or holiday, intended to celebrate or honor the memory of a person or an event. 2. A written statement of facts or a petition presented to a legislative body or an executive.
adj. 1. Serving as a remembrance of a person or an event; commemorative. 2. Of, relating to, or being in memory.

There are many ways to commemorate the life of a loved one. Traditionally headstones on graves, monuments, and plaques in public places such as park benches have been used.

Recently, more organic forms of memorial have become popular, particularly trees planted in dedication. The internet has seen the advent of a new range of memorial services including tribute websites, sometimes guaranteed to last forever.

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Online Memorials
MuchLoved Memorial Websites
MuchLoved.com is a registered not-for-profit charity that offers a free online memorial service so that you can create a unique and beautiful website to commemorate the life of your loved one. You can share the tribute with friends and family or even invite them to help build it with you, or of course, you can keep it completely private. You can add pictures, music and video clips, tell your loved one's story and create your own journal. This is a truly wonderful site with very noble aims. Create a free tribute now or learn more...
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Example Online tributes
Elegant Internet Memorials
Visit some existing online memorials created at MuchLoved (a registered charity) and see how within minutes you can create a beautiful and distinctive tribute based on a range of elegant designs and hosted at a unique domain name of your choice. Create a free tribute now or learn more...
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Creating an online tribute
Help creating an online tribute
An article on internet tributes; describing how to create an online tribute, what to look for when choosing a memorial provider and what to avoid.
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further information about online memorials
Information about online memorials
An article on online memorials with an introduction to their concept, a little about their history and the role they can play in helping with grief.
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interesting blog by online tribute developers
Website Memorials developers blog
Interesting and candid developers blog for the leading suppliers of Website memorials. Interesting insights and comments on the future for rememberance tributes.
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online memorial code of conduct
Memorial Providers Code of Conduct
An article calling for the formation of an Online Memorial Code of Conduct to govern memorial providers and help safeguard the memories of the bereaved.
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Celebrating a life

Traditional ways of registering and marking a death

There are normally two distinct times that a bereaved family make a public declaration of their private grief following the death of a loved one.

If the idea of creating a memorial website appeals to you then here are a few factors to bear in mind when choosing how to do this:

Firstly there is the announcement of death culminating in the funeral service itself. This is at a time when the bereaved will be in the midst of a great range of complex emotions such as numbness, pain, confusion, anger and even relief. As well as a possible newspaper announcement this will involve calls and messages and is often a task that is delegated as the immediate family tries to take in the news of the death. Even at the funeral service itself, the eulogy is often delivered by someone who knew the deceased but is not so close that they are unable to speak because of emotion.

Secondly, in the longer term, as the focus moves from announcement of death to legacy there will be the question of some kind of remembrance memorial. For some of the powerful or famous this may involve books, trust funds or even statues but for the vast majority it will mean commissioning a memorial gravestone, an entry in a book of remembrance or an act such as planting a tree in a special spot.

New options resulting from developments in the Internet

Developments in digital media and the way people communicate using email, 24hour internet use and portable mobile phone technology, has opened up new options and opportunities in the way we register a death and remember people.

In terms of announcing a death, I am personally far from convinced of the appropriateness of the internet. I remember as a child hearing a letter written by my Grandfather to be read out upon his death. It was a significant, meaningful moment and I am not sure if a parting email would have been quite the same but organisations are starting to promote the use of email and websites in order to announce a death and with the world of communications moving so fast, who knows?

When looking to create a more permanent memorial or legacy however, websites do open up new possibilities. Crucially there are no geographical or time limits, family living far away can still visit and at any time that they need. After my brother died, I remember climbing over the fence of the graveyard one evening in order to visit his grave. It may have been a reaction to the idea of the cemetery gates closing shut at dusk, or maybe the need I had at a particular time, regardless of whether it was day or night, to connect with him.

There have been commemorative and informative website memorials existing for some time such as ones for the peace activist Rachel Corrie or for the TV presenter Caron Keating. These have normally required high levels of technical expertise or large budgets in order to create but the growth of specialist organisations have made it much easier to create your own at little cost and importantly without needing to be able to program computers.

Using a Memorial Website to help in the grieving process

There is a whole new area in which memorial websites can support the bereaved by helping in the grieving process itself and bridging the period between announcing a death and creating a legacy.

The stages of grief are open to debate in terms of exactly what they are and when and how you experience them, but what is accepted however is that there are stages to grief and that they have to be worked through. It is key to the bereavement journey to find the best path for yourself and this is where a memorial website organisation like MuchLoved may be able to give some help.

The people who create and then develop a website memorial range from devastated parents who have lost a child and wish to commemorate and record a life cut short, through to families remembering the life of an elderly relative by collecting together old photos, facts and stories so that grandchildren and their wider family can find out more about their life story.

Questions to ask when creating an online tribute

If the idea of creating a memorial website appeals to you then here are a few factors to bear in mind when choosing how to do this: