Remembering Loved Ones Online

By Julianne Sweeney

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 16, 2009 at 10:53 PM EDT

WBNG is now helping you remember your loved ones.

Technology is changing how people can publish obituaries.

Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney shows us a tool on our website.

It's often the first phase of the grieving process.

Writing an obituary after a family member dies.

It's a short story of his or her life.

"It gives them a reminder of what their loved one has done throughout their years." said Parsons Funeral Home Director Helen Eickhoff.

But, it can be expensive to publish an obituary in a newspaper.

The family foots the bill.

Funeral homes do not get any money.

"Families tend to be quite surprised about the bill for an obituary notice in the paper...about $250 for maybe 2 days of a fairly simple notice in the paper." said Ken Barber of Barber Memorial Home.

But the longer the obituary, the more expensive it gets.

The Internet is now easing the financial burden.

Welcome to BinghamtonObits.com

It's a new feature on our website, wbng.com.
Participating funeral homes can post obituaries at no cost.

"Families are really thrilled with it, they're thrilled that the obits are on instantly." said Eickhoff.

"That's the world, everything is changing...They want it and they want it then." said Barber.

A tech-savvy world where people near and far can remember their loved ones.

The website is BinghamtonObits.com.

You can also go to wbng.com and click on "Obituaries" and it will take you directly to the site.

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