An obituary is a short notice announcing the death of a person accompanied by a brief description about that person’s background and family details. When someone dies, their family members or the funeral home sends details to one or more local newspapers in order to publish that person’s obituary. This can help in spreading the news of the person’s demise.
However, recently you might have noticed that many top newspapers have stopped publishing obituaries. While the obituaries have totally disappeared from some newspapers, others are publishing fewer and fewer of them. Moreover, they are charging a hefty sum for publishing one https://www.tragedyinfo.com/julia-grant-death-obituary-julia-grant-funeral-julia-grant-cause-of-death/. In some cases, family members of the deceased are paying as much as $100 or more for a short obituary that just contains the deceased person’s name, date of death and funeral place and date!
For this reason online obituaries are becoming popular. Instead of giving so much money to the newspaper, family members of the deceased are putting up an obituary online in memory of that person. Many interesting sites have come up which allow people to publish obituaries of their loved ones. While visiting one such site I even came across the obituary of Steve Jobs. Maybe one of his ardent fans put it up there.
Most of these online obituary sites offer lot of features like the ability to add images and even videos of the deceased person. You can add unlimited text giving as much details about the person as you wish. People can share the obituaries on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more. They can leave condolences and even place virtual memorial flowers.
Online obituaries are becoming popular due to all these cool features that they offer. You can create a very elaborate page of any person and include so many things like audio or video clips of that person, passages from his or her book, list the deceased person’s favorite books or hobbies. You are just limited by your imagination.
Online obituaries are also of very high interest to genealogists and family tree researchers because you can get valuable clues about the deceased person’s family. If you are trying to do a family tree research, the internet is a good place to begin. You can find several free as well as commercial databases containing death records and obituaries taken from newspaper archives or from State records. You can find dozens of archived newspaper obituaries dating back many years, which makes your research work so much easier. You can keep researching from the comfort of your home.