By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Online obits: taking obituaries into the digital age

You probably already know an obituary (obit for short) is a notice of death. It generally includes a brief description of the deceased person’s life, a photo, a list of surviving family members and details about service date and location. But did you know obituaries have evolved by leaps and bounds in recent years? 

In the past, these notices were typically published in the family’s local newspaper—only to be seen by relatives, friends and neighbors who happened to live in the area. Not anymore. Thanks to the advent of the Internet, folks across the globe can read the obituary for their loved one online. 

In today’s digital age, more people are turning to the Internet to catch up on news, search for information and stay in touch with family and friends. Therefore, if you print your loved one’s obituary both in the paper and online, you’re more likely to reach a larger audience. 

Unlike the obits printed in black and white newspapers, online obituaries allow families to post a beautiful, full-color obituary including multiple photos of their loved one. Plus, online obituary templates can be customized to match your loved one’s unique style. 

With newspaper obituaries, families are greatly limited in the amount of space they have to tell their loved one’s story. On the other hand, online obituaries provide nearly unlimited space for families to share multiple photos, stories, accomplishments and quotes as well as detailed funeral arrangement information.

Additionally, it’s incredibly easy to share an online obituary. Once you’ve created an online obituary for your loved one, you can email a link to all your family and friends or even post it on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.

When relatives, friends, co-workers and acquaintances visit your loved one’s online obituary, they can post their condolences to the page. These online messages can offer immeasurable comfort and hope to survivors in the days and weeks following the death of a loved one. 

Perhaps most importantly, online obituaries are permanent. Once you post an obituary to the Internet, it will be there forever—which means you can visit it any time to remember your loved one, leave a comment or read the condolences other loved ones have written. 

Considering the countless benefits, it’s no wonder why online obituaries have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. Here at Tim Stewart Funeral Homes & Crematory, we offer free online obituaries to each and every family we serve. As part of this free service, you can easily post your loved one’s story, memorial service details, photos and other information to our website. Once you create an online obituary, friends and relatives across the nation and even the world can visit your loved one’s page, write online condolences and share their memories and stories with the family.

To learn more about our online obituaries, contact Tim Stewart Funeral Homes & Crematory at (770) 962-3100.