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VIRTUAL MEMORIALS OFFER REAL GRIEF SUPPORT
Funeral plans that include an online memorial give mourners a virtual place to gather and grieve in the comfort of community.
CHARLOTTE, NC -- (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE via PRNetwire) -- August 19, 2002 -- When a death occurs, we are often unprepared. Our closest friends and relatives may be far away. With an online memorial Web site, instantly they will all have a place to come together, no matter how far, and give comfort to one another. In their hour of grief, an online memorial can be both a public and private sanctuary for those in mourning.
One year ago, web developer Brian Williams lost his mother to liver cancer. In his grief, Williams devoted himself to building a Web site to honor her memory. Much to his surprise, the site attracted people of all ages and geographic boundaries, and proved to be an inspiration to friends and family around the country. When the Web address was published with her obituary, long-lost friends and relatives came to the site to to pay their respects. Old friends came to the Web site to visit her photo gallery and to share wonderful memories of his mother's high school days, while new friends shared memories of club events and dinner dates. Williams was amazed at the healing that occurred when an online memorial is shared.
With an ambition to help others, and much encouragement from family and friends, Williams committed himself to developing an Internet service that could provide Web sites similar to the one he developed for his mother. He wanted to build a place on the Web that was comforting, personal and un-commercial; a place where those who are grieving could feel reverence for their loved one without pressure, confusion or advertising. He purchased the name WeWillMissyou.com and began to work.
After working on WeWillMissYou.com for over a year, the site was launched in July. The site features interactive memorials that are created instantly with personalized addresses. A free demonstration site is offered to those who are interested in purchasing a personal Web site but aren't quite sure how the site works. The site is tasteful and elegant--a beautiful and dignified tribute to the memory of a loved one. Links to various other grief support Web sites are provided for those in need of such support. One of the most unique features of the Web site is the artistic rendering technique Williams uses on portraits that can be added to the homepage of these memorials. As if the page itself were a canvas, this artful technique transforms a photographic portrait into a work of art that blends elegantly into the memorial.
Recently, Williams received a note from a client, Bill Bailey, who purchased a memorial for his mother in late July. In it, Bailey wrote "This site gave many an opportunity to travel the years through pictures, as we celebrated her wonderful life. This site truly added a tender touch to the memorial of love that will forever live in our hearts. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The Bailey Family."
For Williams, WeWillMissYou.com is all about helping those left behind through the grieving process. An online memorial provides a place for family and friends to come together, no matter how far apart, and share memories and condolences through words and pictures.
Visit WeWillMissYou.com at http://www.wewillmissyou.com or call 704 947-2737 for additional information.
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