Contacting Family and Friends
Those closest to the honoree should be notified by you, a family
member or close friend of the family. You can do this by phone or
in person. If they were members of a church, club or other
organization, contact one person they knew well and ask them to let
others know within the organization.
Keep everyone informed
People will want to know more information about how they can
show their support. Consider creating a free Heart2Soul Community to post information
about the services, organize food calendars and stay informed about
your decisions regarding the services. Don't feel pressured to
create the site before making the calls. Ask for their email
address and send them a link when it's up or have them search for
your site. Once they've logged in, they will receive notification
every time you add new information.
Some people who will need to be notified
- Close friends and family
- Social organizations
- Alumni associations
- Other people you will need to notify are:
Lawyer, insurance carrier, veterans office, doctor, executor
The Internet and social media have revolutionized our lives in
ways we never imagined. Shopping. Banking. Dating. It is no
surprise, then, that the Internet and new technologies are also
changing the way we mourn and ritualize death. This is one
of the reasons we created Heart2Soul: To help people navigate
online funeral information and connect from all corners of the
Peggy Post, director and spokesperson for The Emily
Post® Institute, says it's OK to use technology to
communicate the news of a death with friends and family, but there
are two things you should keep in mind when informing others:
- Whenever possible, tell people closest to the honoree in person
or on the telephone.
- To avoid hurt feelings, wait until an announcement has been
made before sharing the information on a social networking site
such as Facebook.
Community is a free, online community. It is designed to help
communicate details regarding funeral services to family members,
friends, colleagues and distant contacts all across the globe.
Family members and guests who sign in to the community can share
photos and videos and sign up for email alerts to receive
up-to-date service information. Messages and condolences can be
left on a customized guestbook. You can even sign up to deliver a
meal or volunteer to help the family with errands.