"Lasting Memories is in response to inquiries by readers who've asked for a way to search for obituaries and a seamless way to submit obituary information," said Bill Johnson, president of Embarcadero Media, which operates Palo Alto Online and publishes the Weekly. "We hope it'll be a great community service and a lasting history of local residents."
The Lasting Memories page is located at http://www.PaloAltoOnline.com/obituaries/ . It is also available on the websites of the Weekly's sister papers, the Mountain View Voice (www.mv-voice.com/obituaries/) and The Almanac (www.almanacnews.com/obituaries/).
Website visitors looking for a particular obituary can search by first or last name, years of death and birth, keyword or tag. Visitors can also browse recently posted obituaries.
New obituaries may be submitted by clicking "submit obituary" and filling out the form provided, including name, dates of birth and death, city of residence and relevant biographical information. There is also space provided for memorial-service information and requests for memorial donations, as well as the option to upload a photo and YouTube link.
Visitors to the site can leave comments and condolences on obituaries by clicking "submit a remembrance," and there is also the option of sending a private e-mail.