iMortuary.com's Unique Memorial Day Infographic Collects Virtual Bouquets for Veterans

May 24, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
SEATTLE, WA (May 24, 2011) Online funeral home directory company iMortuary.com knew they were on to something big last year when their entertaining infographics gained rapid popularity on blogging and social media sites. This week, in honor of upcoming Memorial Day, they set their sights on a more powerful objective. Their current effort remembers US Veterans with interactive features, a timeline of Memorial Day history and a depiction of military honors recommended by funeral directors. Visitors can also leave public comments about their memories and download Facebook badges for use as their Profile Picture.

The interactive infographic can be viewed at http://www.imortuary.com/articles/i-remembered-a-vet-today

Already the tribute is gaining viral attention from bloggers and thousands of visitors. Many share their gratitude for the unique tribute. Military.com's SpouseBuzz tweeted, "On this #MilMonday (Twitter lingo for "military Monday") I remembered a vet today courtesy of @iMortuary". iMortuary hopes to attract 100,000 or more visitors before Memorial Day 2011 as a mass tribute to US Veterans.

"We wanted our infographic to give the public a collective voice in acknowledging the service and sacrifice of US Veterans," says Minda Brusse, co-owner of iMortuary.com.

iMortuary involved several organizations to support the effort and use their social media voices to spread the word. These social media volunteers include afpHORIZON, My Wonderful Life, ICCFA (International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association), Connecting Directors, Disrupt Media Group, Zippy Cart, Une Belle Vie, and Legacy Planning. These organizations lent their social media voice to getting the word out about the tribute.

Funeral directors and cemeterians participated in iMortuary's industry survey last month relating to Veterans and military honors at Veteran funerals. Their professional suggestions for utilizing Veteran death benefits and military honors are woven into the infographic, as well.

Online memorials are increasing in popularity for individuals, celebrities and Veterans. Many have also used Facebook to quickly create a public tribute where thoughts, memories and messages can be left for others to view.

While many websites offer different forms of tributes to fallen soldiers and Veterans, iMortuary.com brings something innovative and new to how Veterans are remembered this Memorial Day. "Online tributes, whether in text, video, photos or via the gesture of placing a digital flower in honor of those who touch our lives in ways seen or unseen, provide people with powerful means to emotionally connect with one another," says Lynn Isenberg, author of The Funeral Planner Trilogy series and founder of the Tribute Video Festival at The Tribute Network. "There's no question that technology is shaping how we tell the story of our lives and communicate our feelings and causes to one another," Lynn added.

About iMortuary.com

iMortuary.com is one of the most visited funeral home and cemetery directories on the Internet with over 150,000 consumers each month; the company is based in Seattle, WA, and is one of the forerunners in bringing Internet opportunities and social media to the death-care industry. Founded in 2007, the company is a proud member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA). The company provides everything from directory information to funeral planning resources for consumers. Funeral homes and cemeteries can partner with iMortuary.com for enhanced directory listings, online funeral planning leads, and social media and SEO consulting services.