Everybody wants their memorial to look different, special and reflective of their loved ones life, something more than a standard obituary. There are many ways of doing this on an online memorial website, via text, audio, video and images. The thought of trying to include every tribute and memory on the page is at first daunting, but if the task is broken down into several smaller jobs is soon becomes less of a challenge. The first question is of course, where do I start?
A good place to start is with a portrait image at the top of the page. This image should not be too big so that it covers the entire width of the page, but large enough for it to be clear and well displayed. If you are going to allow family and friends to visit the site, it may be worth choosing an image of the whole family. Underneath, I feel it is always nice to place the date of birth – date of death, followed by a special quote, saying or proverb in the style of an obituary. This starts the memorial off very nicely, and is a good foundation to build upon.
The next step is the text. Do not forget, there is no limit to the amount of text you can have displayed on the page of your memorial, unlike an obituary. The first paragraph can include a summary / overview of the life of the deceased. Within this summary, it is nice to mention key dates (holidays, celebrations, and memorable occasions).
After the first paragraph, it is nice to start including key memories. This is obviously very personal, but can include anything from the most trivial event or routines that were special to you and your loved one. Personally, I like to combine memories that were special between only myself and the deceased, such as little private jokes we had.
Finally, a good place to end is to mention everything your loved one meant to you and how your life has changed since they passed away. This is often the most difficult section of your online memorial, but it can also be the most rewarding upon reflection days, months or even years later. You never know, your loved one may be connected in heaven, reading your every word.
Amongst your text, it is always nice to include touching images that you may stumble upon as you stroll around the net. They certainly make your memorial more personalized and special to yourself, and visitors to your site.
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