BOSTON, MA – (February 9, 2009) – Tributes.com, the online resource for local and national obituary news, today launched the ‘Light a Candle’ program– offering consumers the opportunity to place a virtual candle in memory of their loved ones. Visitors can now light candles or place online gifts on any of the more than 84 million current and historical obituaries available on the popular national obituary news site as well as share photos, videos, recollections, and other artifacts of a treasured life.
In addition to allowing users to light a free virtual candle, Tributes.com offers the option of lighting a candle in honor of a charity, and to make donations in support of various fundraising and awareness campaigns happening throughout the year.
To kick off Heart Health Month in February, and in support of the American Heart Association (AHA), Tributes.com proudly presents the Red Candle which can be lit in honor of those who have passed away from cardiovascular disease or stroke. During the month of February, all proceeds from the Light a Candle program will be donated to support the AHA’s efforts in building healthier lives.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. Almost 700,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. each year. “The American Heart Association greatly appreciates the efforts Tributes.com has put forth to help bring hope to millions of people suffering from cardiovascular diseases. It is only through the generosity and support of promotions such as this one that will make the possibility for our children to live healthier, happier lives a reality” said Jo Wise, Manager of Donor Relations and On-line Fundraising.
“The act of lighting a candle in honor of those who have passed is a centuries old tradition that allows us to express what we cannot communicate with words,” noted David Kessler, grief specialist for Tributes.com. “A single candle is a symbol of the human spirit and can bring darkness into light.”
“Families increasingly rely on Tributes.com to communicate obituary and service information to extended family and friends and to tell and preserve the rich stories of their loved ones lives,” said Tributes.com President Elaine Haney. “The Light a Candle program offers another way to remember and pay tribute, and an excellent fundraising and awareness tool to promote and support worthy charities.”
At Tributes.com visitors can:
- Search and browse more than 84 million current and historical death records dating from the 1930’s to present -- by name or by last known location
- Easily and reliably locate funeral service information —and not miss the opportunity to extend condolences to grieving friends and relatives
- Build an everlasting multimedia tribute to a deceased loved one, and tell their story without limitations
- Enrich genealogy by creating online portraits of ancestors to be appreciated across generations and extended families
- Add messages and photos to online memory books and read comments left by others
- Light a Candle in honor of loved ones who have passed and/or in support of a charity
- Keep up with celebrity and other notable deaths in the “Today in the News” section
- Find helpful articles and commentary on dealing with loss and grieving
- Join grieving groups to share experiences and receive support from others in similar circumstances
Tributes.com is the online resource for current local and national obituary news, lasting personal tributes and online community providing support during times of loss and grieving. Through one centralized national web destination, with over 84 million current and historical death records dating back to the 1930’s, Tributes has made obituary and online memorial service information easily accessible so people can come together online and offline to remember and share the treasured stories of the important people in their lives who have passed away. Monster.com and Eons.com founder Jeff Taylor officially launched Tributes.com in February, 2008. Eons, Inc. and Dow Jones&Company are strategic partners in Tributes, Inc. For more information about Tributes.com, please visit our website at www.tributes.com.