Online Memorials

Consider using transactive memory to leave a part of you behind once you have moved on to the hereafter. Consider a conventional memorial that consists either of a headstone marker, indicating the location of your remains, or an urn, enclosing your remains. With today’s technology, you can do considerably better than that. Even if you use traditional means for handling passing on, these means can be substantially enhanced via today’s technology.

The Navy Memorial offers a means of leaving an online memorial for Navy veterans. My Dad, who was cremated, is memorialized there. I find this of great comfort. Any time I am on-line I can visit and renew old fond memories. He was one terrific Dad.

His is a very simple memorial. One can go well beyond this. My Last Email,, provides for both on-line obituaries and on-line memorials. Other services are,, and

These sites provide a means not only of communicating directly with your loved ones, but also of celebrating your life and documenting your accomplishments. Videos and recordings can be included. You can leave behind those accomplishments for which you are most proud. There is always the possibility that some of your work might be discovered and appreciated by later generations.

It is not advised to wait until you are at death’s door before starting this. You can start now, while you’re still healthy. You might find that this exercise will force some discipline on you that will increase your focus and the desire to leave something significant behind.

It did that for me. So long, I need to begin…

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