When someone we love passes away, getting an obituary published is as important as preparing for a funeral service, a wake or an interment. As Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it, an obituary “is an article in a newspaper about the life of someone who has died recently; or, a notice of person’s death usually with a short biographical account.” While this is true, we cannot discount the fact that humanity’s quantum leap of technologies and the rise of the computer age slightly changed its definition. Obituaries are no longer strictly confined within the corners of a broadsheet or newspaper. Obituaries have also gone digital. Although almost all newspaper outfits still have obituaries section in their publications, getting obituaries published online has become fashionable.
The platform or avenue used to publish obituaries may have changed acclimatizing the new technologies, nevertheless, obituaries’ essence lingers. Obituary’s importance is more than just spreading the word of someone’s passing with the hopes of reaching the deceased’s close friends, co-workers, former classmates, family members or other sectors of the society who have been a part of his life; or, to tell the public about the details of the funeral or memorial service, if there is any, and the entombment or cremation.
Obituary is a last written record of the deceased’s life story. Even though it carries depressing news – a death of someone we love or someone we just know can sure be quite heartbreaking – it also celebrates the life of the deceased by taking his own story into an account. Obituary allows the readers to take a glimpse at the life of someone who has recently passed on.
In the past, only those considered significant in the society or those who have notable contributions to the history of a community, have the privilege of getting featured in an obituary at the time of their death. Such predilection made sense at that time because print media was the sole carrier of obituaries, and one important element of news writing, which makes it worthy to be published, is prominence. But, that too has changed over time. It was not until the 20th century that the world reinvented obituaries and started featuring ordinary citizens of the community. The world may have realized that every human life matters. A person who recently died may not concern you, but to others, he does a lot. So, it is just proper to feature any person’s passing in an obituary, if his family or loved ones are willing to.
Obituary usually contains the personal information of the deceased, such as his full name, age, date of birth, date of death, and residential address; his career and accomplishments, such as occupation, educational attainment, awards received, among others; the names of his survivors or family; and, the date and time of his funeral or memorial service and interment.
Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory has developed an online platform, which provides a section for digital obituaries. It is accessible at www.gentrygriffey.com. It is where we feature our clients’ deceased loved one or family member that can be accessed across the globe via the internet. Because it is online, the audience reach of our obituaries is vast and its circulation is rapid.
Our obituaries section at Gentry Griffey has a strong presence in the virtual world through www.gentrygriffey.com, thus, its power to reach a massive chunk of audience is amplified. Provided, of course, that there is an internet connection, our digital obituaries proliferate across the world at the speed of a lightning. This web page at www.gentrygriffey.com also has an online guest book where people, who know the deceased but cannot attend the funeral or interment, can leave their comments and extend their words of condolences or share their fondest memories together with the deceased. We believe that this simple way of sharing your thoughts about the deceased and offering your condolences to the bereaved family can somehow warm their hearts and lighten their burden knowing that, somewhere out there, there are still people who care.
The online obituary is just one of the many services that Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory provides to all in its community. We are always ready to aid you in times of sorrow. You will never be alone in dealing with the ordeal brought about by the death of your loved one.
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