To provide a service that allows individuals to create affordable Obituaries online.
A complete commitment to allowing bereaved individuals create affordable Obituaries.
I did not know anything about death or funeral planning until my mother suddenly passed away. When I think back to her death, the planning and the expenses associated with it, the one thing that I always go back to is her Obituary. “Loved by too many to mention, idolized by her grandson Jacob.” Underneath, of course, service details. A picture was not included. I remember some of the comments that I received from family and friends. Comments like, “That was short and sweet.” and “Nice and to the point.” I had to sum up fifty three years of my mothers life into two sentences. Believe me, it was not by choice. Bottom line - I was unable to afford what I wanted to say to and about my mother after paying all of the compulsory expenses that were associated with her death.
I only wanted a few words letting people know about the wonderful person who had left this world, but was unable to do so. It broke my heart and I was ashamed that I was unable to mention her family, friends and some of the things that she had done in her life. The fact that her Obituary is one of the major regrets and sad memories that I have, excluding the death itself, made me realize how healing Obituaries really are. The ability to say goodbye to a loved one, write about that person and memorialize their lives in your final words is something that nobody should be denied.
The inability to post the Obituary that I wanted led me to consider how many other people in this world are, or had been it that very same situation. How many people are unable to afford an Obituary due to medical, funeral and personal expenses? How many people regret it as deeply as I do? I began looking at the newspaper Obituaries, and noticed more small Obituaries than large, and immediately knew that the people who posted them were doing the best they had with the money that they had. I knew that those Obituaries contained every single word that could be afforded, because I had been there. I wondered about these people… and I wondered about all the people who are unable to afford even two lines, and how that must affect them.
I quickly realized that something had to be done, so I created a site that would ensure that nobody would ever find themselves in the same situation that I was in.
I’m not a computer programmer - I’m an Administrative Assistant. I do not know a lot about web development or computer programming. I do however, know the pain that is felt when a loved one dies, and the desire to let people know about the wonderful person who has left this world. So, I hired a developer to create and maintain this site, ensuring high quality for those who wish to use this service. One of the first things that I did when the site was up was write my moms Obituary. Two and a half years later, I am able to find closure in that part of her death. I only hope that I can let other people know that this resource is out there, so that nobody ever again has to cut their loved ones tribute short due to financial reasons.
This site was created in memory of my mother, Sandra Bessette, and I hope allows others to honor their loved ones in their final words.