Top Online Memorials For Loved Ones

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

– Thomas Campbell

Whether through funeral rituals, remembrance items, or telling stories to younger generations, celebrating the life of a loved one who has passed away is as old a tradition as humanity itself. 

But the ease with which these stories can be shared has improved dramatically with the creation of memorial websites.  These websites allow family and friends to add tributes, pictures, music, videos, and stories, all of which are compiled onto one website that can be easily shared. 

Some memorial websites even offer innovative features such as scannable QR codes that can be placed on a headstone to link to the online tribute page.

These online memorials for loved ones have become especially valuable in the time of coronavirus.  Many families currently cannot travel or gather in groups.  With online memorial sites, your loved ones can still be celebrated.


Here are a few noteworthy online memorial sites:

  1. EverLoved.  EverLoved is designed as a one-stop-shop for celebrating your loved one.  It provides an online memorial page, but it also offers features such as a fundraising platform to cover funeral costs, price quotes from funeral providers, and links to independent memorial companies to allow you to save money on funeral-related items such as caskets, urns, and headstones.  The website also provides ready phone and email support.  

  2. Keeper.  Keeper is a modern memorial website that offers a number of unique features.  You can create a timeline of milestones in the deceased’s life; you can create a family tree; and you can map the location of a funeral home, cemetery, grave, or mausoleum.  Additionally, the Keeper Mobile App includes step-by-step navigation service to these locations.  The Keeper Plus version is offered at a one-time payment of $74.99.  Keeper currently allows users video-streaming options during COVID-19. 

  3. Legacy.com.  Legacy is the largest, and perhaps oldest, host of online obituaries.  The website has obituaries and memorials for over 70% of all U.S. deaths.  It prominently features obituaries of famous Americans, and it partners with local newspapers to upload obituaries from across the country.  These obituaries have guest books, options to send flowers and gifts, and clearly-displayed funeral information.   While it’s design is less modern than several other options — if a ready-made connection between your online memorial and print obituary is what you are seeking, then this is often the default option.

  4. Forevermissed.com.  Forever Missed is a robust online memorial that offers many templates and themes to structure your tribute page.  You can also create a playlist of songs, light virtual candles, and control viewership settings.  The free plan limits the number of photos to five and does not allow for video uploads.  The paid plan is $6.99 per month, $64.99 per year, or a one-time payment of $124.99.

  5. Kudoboard. Unlike many other options, Kudoboard memorials are focused on simplicity and ease of use. You can share a link with anyone invited to the memorial website, allowing them to easily contribute memories, photos, or videos with the click of a button.  These contributions are gathered on a memorial board, such as this one.  The online memorial can be played as a slideshow or easily printed as a poster to display at a celebration of life reception.  Kudoboard offers both a free “Mini Memorial” with a limited number of posts and a “Full Memorial” board with unlimited posts for a one-time payment of $99.

Regardless of the memorial site used, we recommend a few things for a meaningful experience:

  1. The More The Merrier.  You might have the closest connection to the remembered loved one, but by inviting friends and family to share their own pictures, videos, and stories, you’ll allow them to remember the loved one in a unique way, and you’ll hear stories and see photos that you’d perhaps forgotten.  Additionally, the experience can allow you to connect with those you haven’t seen in some time.

  1. Tell A Story.  In addition to describing your loved one with descriptive adjectives (caring, kind, intelligent, fun, energetic, happy, etc.), consider writing down a particular story (maybe it was the time Mom lost her luggage, but she made the best of it by buying a silly souvenir t-shirt every day of the trip).  Stories bring out the loved one’s unique personality, and guests to the memorial website will enjoy remembering the same story.   

  1. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words.  Unlike traditional guestbooks, memorial websites allow users the option to add pictures and videos.  This is a great opportunity to capture a moment in time in the loved one’s life, a particular trip or event, or just an encapsulation of that person (“Dad always loved that jack and wore it everywhere!”). 

  1. Find Pictures From Different Ages.  If you can find them, include pictures from different periods of the loved one’s life.  Everyone enjoys pictures from when dad was in his crazy twenties (“those sideburns!”) and then again from thirty years later (“what happened to dad’s hair?!”).  

  1. Keeping Adding.  You don’t ever have to stop.  Your online memorial site can continue growing as you remember different stories or uncover new photos.  By using a site like Kudoboard, your memorial site will last forever, and you can revisit it any time you want to remember your loved one.  

If you have any questions about Kudoboard Online Memorials, you can email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you within one business day. 

We at Kudoboard wish the best for you, your family, and your friends.

Never Underestimate the Power of Connection

Guest post written by Jennifer Reddick, Director of Strategy at Carley’s Angels

Two weeks before Toronto went into a state of emergency I came across Kudoboard at work for a colleague’s birthday and absolutely loved the concept. Not only was it great for the recipient, but I had a ton of fun reading through everyone’s posts, watching the videos, and laughing at all the memes and chirps.

Fast forward two weeks, and I was in the Carley’s Angels Executive Team meeting discussing the impacts of COVID-19 on our organization and fundraising projections for 2020. But most importantly, the impact the virus would have on our community of cancer patients.

Carley’s Angels works to unite traditional and holistic cancer care in hospitals. Our mission started as the legacy of one young, brave cancer fighter named Carley Allison, who battled with unwavering determination to always smile. Carley’s cancer was so rare that traditional treatments alone were not enough, instead Carley was treated with a combination of traditional and holistic cancer care. Although very effective this combination of treatments was expensive and difficult to access, so in Carley’s honour we made it our mission to change that.

We kept finding ourselves coming back to isolation. Having cancer can be extremely isolating in itself without the addition of a global pandemic. Now compound that with hospitals restricting all visitors causing these patients to be completely alone during their treatments, hospital stays, and even a home.

When Carley was in the hospital her friends and family created this wall of inspiration in her hospital room. We posted inspirational quotes and photos, her cousin even posted a superhero t-shirt. It was incredible to see how much this improved Carley’s mood and energized her, it kept her motivated and inspired to keep kicking cancer’s butt! 

The Carley’s Angels exec team decided that we wanted everything we did surrounding the pandemic to be about supporting our community. As we brainstormed, Kudoboard came to mind and we thought what an awesome idea to help us create virtual inspiration walls for cancer patients that our online community could contribute to. 

We called it our #liftthemup campaign. It was a huge success – with nearly 4000 engagements and Kudoboard recipients who couldn’t have been happier.

Jess (@onetoughcookieclub) is one example of a Kudoboard recipient through the campaign. And here’s a note she wrote to Carley’s Angels in response:

“Hiiii, i just wanted to say thank you so much for including me in the #liftthemup project. It couldn’t have come at a better time.  I haven’t shared it publically yet, but this past week has been incredibly hard as I’ve been incredibly hard as I’ve been facing a new diagnosis and the challenges that come along with it. The carley’s angels community is so incredible. Reading through the board is so so moving. I can’t thank you guys enough”

Here’s Jess’s Kudoboard: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/ddtH6Xil

Thanks for letting Carley’s Angels share your board, Jess. And thanks to Kudoboard for giving us this awesome group card platform so we could gather appreciation.

Saying Thanks with an Online Happy Retirement Card

Ron Coley, Vice Chancellor at UC Riverside, retired this past year.

Coley joined UC Riverside in 2014. Prior to that, he served UC Berkeley as an associate Vice Chancellor since January 1998. Ron also served 20 years in the military from 1972-1992, as a Marine Corps pilot, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his military career, he helped the Marine Corps adjust to the changing economic environments caused by the extraordinary defense build-ups in the 1980’s and the equally drastic draw-downs in the 1990’s.

To thank Ron for his service at UCR, folks from across the university contributed to a happy retirement card for him using Kudoboard. From one such contributor:

Thank you for the opportunities and many doors you opened, the encouragement, the enthusiasm you shared to change for the better, the excellence, brand of professionalism, and the passion to improve.

You have ignited a fire in so many of us and we will continue to strive to become the benchmark making a difference in our people, resources, and policies.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you shared both personally and professionally. Enjoy your retirement!!!! All the best 🙂

Check out Ron’s fully happy retirement card here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/apKQUlTi

Congrats again on your retirement, Ron. And thanks for giving us permission to share your Kudoboard story publicly — we appreciate it!

The Kudoboard Team

CEO Pays For Service Members to Fly Home for The Holidays

N.C. software exec pays for military members to fly home for Christmas, others step up

An Air Force veteran and current software CEO wanted to give back to those who serve this holiday season. How? He paid for their holiday flights home.

Ed Roshitsh, the CEO of Dude Solutions, raises money for veteran charities every year. This year he wanted to do it differently.

“Lots of these folks don’t make hardly any money. An E1, which is basic paygrade, probably makes $15,000 a year. They can’t afford to get home for the holidays,” said Roshitsh.

He posted a message on Linkedin, which asked the public to submit names of active duty service members who wanted to get home for the holidays. He was going to pay for five himself.

His offer went viral, encouraging others to get into the spirit of giving.

“There’s probably close to 300,000 views,” said Roshitsh. “And from all the shares people started to ask,  ‘Can I donate a ticket?'”

Another veteran, Andrew Appleton, CEO of TravelAgent360.us, messaged Ed offering his assistance in booking the tickets. “Our team of agents is made up of veterans and active-duty spouses focused on booking travel and saving money for the military community,” said Appleton. “It only made sense that we offer our support.”

To make sure Ed knew the impact he had, Andrew also created him a Kudoboard to allow the recipients of the tickets to share their thanks.  “Many non-military don’t realize that the word KUDOs is a common term in the military. We use the term to show appreciation for a job well done. So Kudoboard was the perfect way to rally everyone in saying thanks.”  

See the full Kudoboard here.

The gesture hit home. “I had no idea the impact I was making,” commented Ed, “until I read the comments shared on the Kudoboard.”

After two weeks of booking tickets, Ed’s initial generosity – along with all the donors who chipped in – sent 65 active duty service members home for the holidays.

Fandom Farewell to Madam Secretary TV Show with a Group Card from Kudoboard

Madam Secretary premiered on CBS in 2014, starring Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord. After 6 seasons, it had its series finale at the end of 2019.

To celebrate the cast and crew on their run, the Twitter Fan Account @MadamSecHQ created them a Farewell Kudoboard in October and invited fans to contribute on Twitter and Facebook.

Over the next month, hundreds of fans from around the world added messages, photos, and videos celebrating Madam Secretary. See the full board here, along with excerpts below:

‪Thanks for entertaining us the past six years. I enjoyed every episode and have seen each season more than once. The cast and crew were incredible and I hope to see each of you on another project soon. Best wishes to Tea, Tim and the gang. ‬

The show inspired me with Elizabeth’s action in her own work, balancing family/work, & the deep ethical questions that were dealt with in the show. It allowed me to dive deeper into my own faith/religious deconstruction and it showed different ways those difficult conversations can be had in a respectful and loving way. So much love and thanks to you all! <3

We have been fans from the beginning! Our lives run very parallel with the McCord’s and caused us to fall in love with all of them. H/E’s sweet relationship has inspired us to be even more adventurous after 25 years:) You all have brought a wonderful world of wishful reality to many Americans (and 50 somethings).

To get such great participation, the @MadamSecHQ Fan Account sent several reminders to fans on Twitter…

and Facebook…

Then, on the night of the season finale, @MadamSecHQ tagged the cast and crew on Twitter and shared the board with them so they could all see it.

She also made sure that the board was personally sent to the showrunner + Téa Leoni’s assistant so that it made its way to everyone involved.

Props to you @MadamSecHQ for giving fans a way to say thank you to some of their favorite characters.

And from all of us @ Kudoboard, congrats to everyone over at Madam Secretary for 6 seasons together!

Wishing Mom & Dad a Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary with a Group Card

Tania R. recently created her parents a Kudoboard to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Her first post commemorated it with a poem:

For all the times that I forgot to say “Thank-you”,
For all the special little things you do,
For all the words that sometimes go unspoken,
I need to say “I love you both, I do”.
I love you for the way you stop and listen,
And for your kind support throughout the years,
For teaching me the meaning of compassion,
And sharing in my triumphs and my tears.
And if, at times, I may have seemed ungrateful
I want to say “I truly hope you see,
That nothing you have done for me has been forgotten,
And day by day you just mean more to me.
Congratulations on 50 years of marriage!!!

With additional posts from family and friends, the board was full of love for the happy couple.

See it in full here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/JDEqPbQC

Thanks to Wayne and Bette for giving us permission to publicly share their board.

And from all of us at Kudoboard, congrats on 50 years! ??

Happy 5 Year Redfinversary

Lori S.’s colleagues recently created her a work anniversary Kudoboard group card to recognize her 5 years at Redfin.

Here are just a few quotes to give you a flavor for the board:

Happy Redfinversary, Lori! We are so lucky to have such a supportive and down-to-earth manager to lead us. You bring such great vibes to our team! Thank you for all you do!

Congratulations! Everybody at work is lucky to have a mentor like you. Your energy and positive attitude are a source of inspiration and motivation. Wishing you a happy 5th Redfinversary!

How can it be 5 years already??!!! It’s amazing to think back and see how much has changed. Thank you so much for all your hard work and help supporting the Tucson market – we all appreciate you! Congratulations Lori! 🙂

See the full board here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/oeOt4kbT

Thanks for giving us permission to share your work anniversary Kudoboard, Lori — and add us to the list of folks wishing you a happy 5 years! =)

Happy Birthday Group Card to a Beloved Board Member

PASE (Partnership for After School Education) is a nonprofit that has been working for 25+ years to improve the quality of afterschool programs for children and teens living in poverty.

One of their board members, Fern Khan, recently turned 80. To honor Fern and recognize her service to PASE, the organization created her a Happy Birthday Group Card. There was an overwhelming response. Here are just a few quotes from the board to give you an idea:

You’ve been my “partner in crime” for, by my count, over 30 years between Bank Street and PASE, and I’ve loved working — and playing — with you evey minute of it. Simply put, I’d follow you anywhere!

Fern, I feel so fortunate to be included among those who know and love you. You are so generous with your spirit, and vast knowledge and wisdom. It is a gift to learn from you, about the educational space, careers and life at large. Happy 80th! May we all be so fortunate to share many more with you!

Happy birthday!!!! I just want to say thank you. Thank you for hiring me, giving me the space to learn and grow and for your advice, wisdom and patience. You are the best boss I have ever had. You taught me that being a leader is being patient, caring, humble, and most importantly a listener. Thank you for your continued mentorship and support. Enjoy your 80th year – you’ve earned it:)

See the full board here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/IypfbX4D

Thanks for giving us permission to share your Kudoboard story, Fern. And from all of us at Kudoboard — happy birthday!!

A Thank You Group Card to a Beloved Teacher

Using Kudoboard, Mary Ellen’s class came together last year to create a thank you group card for her mentorship and inspiration as part of the SELP program. A few quotes from the board to get a flavor for it:

You’re one of the most incredible women I’ve ever met. Being on your team has been an absolute delight and blessing. You have been referred to many times as an “angel,” and there’s no doubt you’ve made an incredible difference in each and every participants lives. I love you!

You have been a light shining energy in my life the past four months. You are encouraging and powerful. I feel as though I am safe under your guidance and that you would help me if I ever needed it. You are the true definition of someone “having my back”. I wish you the best in all of your endeavors and I declare that you were successful in touching our hearts during this SELP course!

To the woman who personifies miracles and magic, who is love and grace, a relentless and powerful stand for the greatness of all who cross her path, and an unstoppable force of goodness in the world… Thank you for all that you are and all that you do!!! You are such an inspiration and a true miracle for me (for us all). I am so honored to know you and grateful for your leadership, partnership and friendship.

See the full Kudoboard here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/lUCxB5bI

Thanks for giving us permission to share your Kudoboard story, Mary Ellen!

Happy 14th Work Anniversary with a Kudoboard

14 years and going strong. To help celebrate Jack K.’s tenure at NPI, his colleagues created him a Kudoboard.  With some terrific shark and tiger GIFs, Jack was sure to feel the appreciation. But the notes on the group card are typically what make it special.  Here are just a few:

Thanks to the man who has many faces and knows just about if not everything there is to know about our company. Fourteen years is an amazing accomplishment Jack, good on you for everything that you have helped this company become and for making sure that we have the materials needed to ship the orders we take. Congratulations!!!

Congrats on hitting the 14 year mark! Your hard work and dedication has helped shape RAM Mounts into the company it is today!

Jack! Thank you so much for being my scanning buddy, I don’t know what I’d do without you! Despite an intense workload, you are always so willing to answer questions and help me with various requests. I’ve really enjoyed the past few months of working near you and with you more. It’s been lovely commiserating over those staples in our scans together 😉

See the full board here:

https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/RWQnsVRT

Thanks for giving us permission to share, Jack!