Obituaries and Memorial Services Going Social Networking

For years, families and friends have traditionally mourned their loved ones in private settings, mostly enclosed only to those who were relatively close to the deceased person. However, as social networks are becoming more of the everyday living for many people around the world, so as online social memorial services, where families and friends are able to easily memorialize and eulogize their deceased loved ones, cohorts, and even pets.

Social networks such as Facebook and MySpace have seen a high rise in group pages created by fans, friends, and families of the deceased loved ones. In June 2009, a group page that was created to eulogize the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has seen an overnight sky-rocketing of more than 7 million fans from around the world in just two days, making it the largest group page on Facebook.

In recent years, a few memorial web sites, such as Tributes.com (http://www.tributes.com), have sprouted up, geared to capture a niche market for online obituaries and memorial service. These web sites offer several online services, including obituary news, information, and funeral announcements.

A simple and free social application for social networks, Wrisen.com (http://apps.facebook.com/wrisenbook), was launched on Tuesday this week, which offers users to best remember, honor and cherish their loved ones. Unlike many other social apps and web sites, Wrisen offers a new view for friends and families to eulogize their loved ones and pets. While Tributes.com is becoming a hub for obituary news and information, Wrisen is instantly becoming the central hub for social eulogy, where families and friends can upload and share photos and videos for their loved ones, post condolences and comments on their loved ones’ profiles on Wrisen.

“I am from South Africa and currently I’m a student at Franklin Univeristy here in Columbus. Two days ago, my uncle unexpectedly passed away in a car accident, but I don’t have money to go home for the funeral. Most of my family members are on Facebook and I told them to add Wrisen to their profiles so we can share and exchange our sorrow and mourn our uncle. Even though I am here and they are there, I still feel as though I am with them, in the same room, because with Wrisen, we are able to share our grief in real-time.” Cries Mfeko.

Each time someone posts a photo, video, comment, eulogy, or a condolence on any profile on Wrisen, then it’s instantly distributed and posted on every Facebook friends’ homepages. In the process, the Wrisen system allows users to share memories and exchange sympathies with everyone in their friends’ list, which may help make them feel a little better.

Most of us everywhere, have lost some members of our family, relatives, friends, and or those we knew, or simply admired, and the more people you may have sharing condolences with you, the better you may feel, even if it’s just a little.

“What we’re doing is building Wrisen as a platform for families and friends to easily share and comfort each other with everyone else in the world. So that they can have a free place not only to grieve, but to remember, honor and cherish their loved ones forever.” Claims Timothy Sweatte, Wrisen’s VP of Marketing.

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