When planning funerals at funeral homes in Mount Vernon, WA, one of the things you will have to do is to write an obituary for your loved one. Until recently, obituaries were only published in the newspaper of the city where the deceased lived, and, perhaps, in other city newspapers where the deceased was either well-known or spent a lot of time.
Obituaries capture the highlights of the deceased person’s life. They also include a list of immediate family who died before the deceased and a list of surviving immediate family members. Funeral arrangements for the deceased person are also part of the obituary.
Publishing obituaries in newspapers can be costly because newspapers charge for each word, so if the obituary is long, it will cost more to publish. Larger newspapers charge a higher rate than smaller newspapers, so if obituaries for the deceased will be published in several newspapers, the cost can be quite high.
In order to control the cost of publishing obituaries in the newspaper, many obituaries were very short and included just the bare minimum of words, which often left families of the deceased feeling like their loved ones were shortchanged because of their death notices.
However, online obituaries, which are published on the funeral home’s website, do away with both the expense and the brevity that newspaper-published obituaries necessitated.
Online obituaries include much more color. While some newspapers now publish color photos of deceased people, the cost for this is much higher than the cost for black-and-white photos. In online obituaries, you can one or several color photos or you can do a montage of color photos of the deceased.
With online obituaries, a short and inexpensive death notice with a link to the full obituary on the funeral home’s website will be published in the newspaper.
Online obituaries have no space limitations for how long the obituaries are, which enables families to include as much information as they want about their loved ones’ lives, interests, hobbies, and accomplishments.
Online obituaries make it easier to get the word out about a loved one’s death. Print newspaper readership is down, and many people no longer have newspapers delivered to their homes. However, many people frequently read newspapers online, so they are able to share the funeral home’s obituary link in emails and through social media.
Having online obituaries also provides an opportunity for friends, family, coworkers, church members, and others to leave condolence messages for the deceased person’s immediate family and to share memories and stories about the deceased person. Online obituaries can also reduce the number of phone calls the family receives from people wanting to express their condolences, but people are able to do it online. This relieves some of the stress on immediate family members of the deceased, since they are starting both make funeral arrangements and to mourn the loss of their loved one.
Online obituaries are permanent. They are available at any time when anyone wants to read the obituary. Usually, the ability to comment is turned off after a certain length of time (30 days is normal), but the obituary will stay active and is available all the time.
For additional information about online obituaries at funeral homes, our compassionate and experienced team at Moles Farewell Tributes & Crematory – Bayview Chapel is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 2465 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229 or you can call us today at (360) 733-0510. We also serve the areas of Bellingham, Ferndale and Mount Vernon, WA.