Originally Posted by mudbug
are you kidding? online?! never heard of this.
Is it for those who couldn't attend the wake/funeral/send a card or flowers/make a phone call?
I know it sounds pretty bizarre Mudbug, but it's true. First time I ever heard of this was earlier this year when a member on another website I belong to, passed away, and there was an online place (the funeral home) to send condolenses online and they even held an online "virtual" church type ceremony in her honor which was really touching. Her family received all of the online condolenses and replied on the website to say it was very touching to see how many online friends cared so much about her.
So yes, it's mostly for those that cannot attend the actual services, or perhaps did not know the person well but still want to send condolenses. In this case, my insurance agents husband passed away, and while I am not close to my insurance agent other than through business, I felt it appropriate to send my condolenses online seeing as I have no idea where in Maine she lives, do not have her personal phone number. The obituary said that people can send condolenses online to the funeral home, so I did.