Dec. 9, 2010 at 4:07 PM ET
A memorial website introduced during the summer boosts its features this week, giving those who want to remember their dearly departed an all-in-one stop where friends and family can share and tag photos, stories, videos and songs. If you've suffered the loss of a loved one, you know that one of the most comforting things you have to carry you through are memories.
When my mom passed away two years ago, we had a memorial service and we established a memorial website using iLasting. It was a way for us to allow her many friends and our family to share memories and photos. While it's a decent site, its simple, tab-heavy navigation doesn't allow for a cohesive vision of my mom's life. Snippets of memories and photos, here and there. There is an option to make it more multimedia, but there is a fee for that.
But over at 1000memories, a forever free service, a person's life can be shared on one page, with scrolling down revealing photos, texts of stories and other memories, songs and videos that bring that person back to life.
While the site has been around since July, this is a new innovation, and one that invites collaboration from friends and family, who are also encouraged to tag themselves in photos.
Other new additions of the service: the ability to collect donations for a cause (for us, it's the American Cancer Society), Facebook Connect (which allows for importing and curating photos), a biography section where everyone can chip in information and a "Memories" box where you can answer a quick question about the loved one.
From the start, the site asks for photos and e-mails to send invitations to begin the collaboration. The e-mail interface isn't great, there's no way to search through the e-mail addresses and I couldn't find everyone I wanted to send invites to, but it was a start. We'll try this out and see if through this, we're able to keep my mom's memory strong for all of her friends. As her family, we'll never forget her, but it's nice to have a way to share her life with those who loved her.