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Dos and Don’ts for Writing an Online Memorial


When you want to create an everlasting online memorial for a loved one, it can be easy to encounter writer’s block. You want the online obituary to reflect the individual correctly, but not shed a negative light on his or her life. When you create a memorial website, consider making the online memorial a celebration of your loved one’s life that focuses on all the positive ways you want to remember them.

 Memorial Writing Dos:

  • Include your loved one’s whole life. When using a free memorial site, discuss more than just your loved one’s final days. Include interesting details about his or her life, information about those who cared for your loved one throughout the years and achievements he or she accomplished. Try to convey the fullness of your loved one’s life.
  • Consider the family’s privacy.
  • Let readers know the date and time of your loved one’s memorial service. If the date of the service has passed, you can include the location of where his or her body rests.
  • Proofread. A misspelled word or misplaced punctuation mark can change the meaning of your words. Proofreading can help ensure you say what you really mean.

Online Memorial Don’ts:

  • Avoid describing embarrassing events or those relating to fall-outs in relationships.
  • Exclude personal details such as marital problems, unrelated health conditions or traits you personally found annoying.
  • Do not use the online memorial to create a gory record of the events that led up to your loved one’s death.
  • Avoid using I-told-you-so language; what’s done is done.
  • Do not use unfamiliar abbreviations or text-messaging language such as “4ever,” “gr8” or “plz.”

Creating an online memorial is a great way to honor a loved one lost and share your memories with others. Make your tribute honorable by avoiding memorial writing pitfalls.

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