HONORING LOVED ONES IS AN INHERENT HUMAN VALUE AND ESPECIALLY A JEWISH ONE. ANNOUNCING THE PASSING OF LOVED ONES IN THESE MODERN TIMES IS MUCH EASIER AND EFFECTIVE THAN IN THE PAST, THANKS TO ONLINE OBITUARIES, WHICH ALLOW AN INTERACTION THAT WAS NOT OBTAINABLE IN THE PAST. IN THIS ARTICLE, WE EXAMINE AN OBITUARY SITE CALLED PASSAWAY, AND DISCUSS WHY ONLINE ANNOUNCEMENTS SHOULD BE EMBRACED.
BY ANNABELLA GOSHEN
Sending condolences when a loved one has passed away is now easier than ever thanks to online obituaries. Passaway is an online funeral information resource system for publishing obituaries, condolences, tributes and other services to honor our dearly departed and celebrate their life memories forever. Events such as a Shiva can be created to invite individuals and share the obituary information.
Passaway allows highlights of memories, histories, photographs and even video tributes of our departed, which can be uploaded and shared by family, friends and reputable organizations in an interactive manner around the world. Notes of sympathy and other tributes in memory of those who have passed are also displayed for posterity.
Passaway is also an online guide that offers additional services which might be useful when a relative or friend passes away, such as temple, funeral home or graveside locations, legal advice, sending e-sympathy cards, and more. So Passaway is not only an online resource for the public, but also for the funeral industry and its related businesses, which are invited to advertise their services on the site.
Another feature is that individuals, synagogues, religious associations and others can create online pantheons, congregations, and other groups. Congregations and Jewish communities can also display information to honor its members. There is a separate Jewish section with full functionality open to communities, synagogues and other Jewish associations. This feature gives any person the freedom to publish obituaries for their ancestors long departed. The idea of honoring the memory of distant ancestors allows the younger generations of the family can learn about those family members which they never got to know.
Passaway is also multilingual, offering English, Spanish and Italian thus far, but will soon include other languages. Their call center operators are also bilingual English-Spanish and they help with any support required. Besides the call center, there is also live chat and email support. In all, the objective is that friends and family around the world interact with the posted record, boosting family unity and ultimately creating a network of remembrance.
The videos, photos and audio files that family members upload can be shared through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and can also be shared via WhatsApp or SMS for free.
It is understandable that delicate times such as mourning and remembering loved ones will likely result in a loss for words. With a great human and spiritual touch, along with respect, Passaway also offers templates and examples for obituaries and In-Memoriam. This makes easier the family’s writing and helps organize the deceased’s life celebration events. This one-stop online global funeral resource system is delivered with integrity, reliability, and responsibility, just as honoring the deceased should be. In the past, an obituary was published in a newspaper, it was later clipped, and put in an album that was kept in a bookshelf. Now it will be available to all…forever.
Create an obituary online right here at Passaway
This article was published in the Jewish Way – JW Magazine, Business-Entrepreneur section, Winter 2018 edition