If you're looking to celebrate a loved one or organise a service, online tools can help make the process simpler, faster and more collaborative. We put together a list of the online memorial spaces and planning hubs we’d recommend to you and your family.
What is an online memorial?
Online memorials are a space for your family to come together to celebrate the life of your loved one. You can use them to share photos, memories, videos, collect donations and more - all in one space.
What is an online planning hub?
Online planning hubs are tools used for planning and collaboration. They're often used for project planning but are also a great space for you and your family to organise a service together. You can sort out the dates, locations, and details that will create the send off that's right for your loved one. Because planning is better when it's done together.
The best online memorials
To us, a great online memorial is easy to use and makes collaboration and fundraising a breeze. We also think that privacy and security are really important.
So we chose these online memorial providers based on those factors.
MuchLoved is a leading online memorial service where families can create their own personalised page for free. You can use MuchLoved to raise donations in memory of the person you love. So far MuchLoved has raised over £35million for charities this way.
Why it’s great: It’s free, easy to use and set up fundraising and it's not-for-profit. You can also set up funeral notices on the page.
If raising money for charity or to help with funeral costs is important to you, JustGiving's memorial pages would be a great choice. In minutes, families can create their memorial page, and set up donations or fundraising to go directly to a charity or bank account.
Why it's great: It's free, easy to use, and the donation process is seamless.
Memories makes it easy to share photos, videos, notes and more and invite family and friends to do the same online or through an app. When you’re ready, you can make your memorial public, for everyone to see. Or, keep it private - the choice is yours.
Why it's great: Users can share via an app and Memories makes sure your page will never be lost or forgotten by saving it in a secure environment.
Pricing: 1GB of storage free. Pricing varies for more storage and premium features.Memories
Ever Loved offers a unique approach to online memorials by helping families create a timeline of their loved one's life. As well as making it easy to share memories and photos, Ever Loved also lets you personalise your page by including information about your loved one's favourite things and what was important to them.
Why it's great: It's simple to set up, visually beautiful, easy to personalise and offers unique features like a timeline of your loved one's life. They also provide families with a grief and loss forum.
Pricing: Free or 7-day free trial, then $49.95 for the first month, then $4.95 after for Ever Loved Premium.Ever Loved
As well as helping families create a free online memorial page, GatheringUs can also help you to organise and set up a virtual memorial or event, taking the hassle out of doing it all yourself.
Why it's great: A dedicated planner will guide you through creating a virtual memorial service, including hosting the event and providing technical support.
Price: Free for online memorials, price varies for virtual events.GatheringUs
The best online planning hubs
To us, a great online planning hub is simple for every member of your family to use - no matter their tech skills. And while we think that collaboration is important when planning a memorial or service, it's also essential that the sensitive information you share is secure.
So we chose these online planning hubs based on those factors.
Kahootz is a collaboration tool that allows up to 25 people to share, manage and communicate all in one place. Kahootz is also extremely secure, making sure what you add can only be seen by the people you choose to share it with. You can also create surveys and calendars to help with planning and big decisions.
Why it’s great: It’s easy to use and can be up and running in minutes. It also comes with an online support team to help with any technical issues.
Pricing: Free 30 day trial then between £5-£10 per month per user.Kahootz
Google Drive makes planning and sharing simple. You and an unlimited number of family members can use it to make decisions on things like budgets, locations, flowers and more by sharing spreadsheets, text files, and photos in one place.
Why it's great: It’s easy to use, accessible from any device, and makes collaboration a breeze - all you need is an email account.
Pricing: FreeGoogle Drive
Trello is a project management and collaboration tool that can also be used to plan a service or memorial. Think of a board with sticky notes and you've got the right idea. It's very visual, making adding opinions or asking questions easy - regardless of your tech skills. It's also quick and simple to add photos, links and text files.
Why it's great: Trello is easy to use and set up. It's also very visual, making it easy to see all of your plans in the same place.
Pricing: Free for up to 10 boards (but you'd only need 1 or 2 to plan a service).Trello
Questions? Let's talk
With so many options, we understand that arranging a send off for your loved one can seem daunting. At Farewill, we're here to help you. We provide a no pressure, right-for-you service. We'll take you through your options and won't offer you anything you don't want - talk to us today.
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