Legacy presents users with a new way to honor someone they love. When a loved one dies, knowing how to share details about their life and achievements is not always easy. Certain types of memorials can be cost prohibitive and limiting in accessibility. Legacy presents an inexpensive way for friends and family to get involved in honoring the memory of a loved one. Through a memorial website, users can direct anyone they know to the site. As long as an internet connection is accessible, anyone can find the memorial and learn about a loved one’s legacy.Show more screenshots »
Legacy began in 1998 as a media company that worked with over 800 newspapers throughout Europe, Australia, and North America, to help individuals share information about those who have died as well as send their condolences to grieving friends and family. Today, Legacy is based out of Evanston, near Chicago, Illinois. The site still performs the same task, but does so by providing users an online platform to honor the memory of someone they love who has passed away.
Legacy provides users with a new way to honor the memory of someone they love. In the past, the most common method of sharing information about someone’s life was through a print obituary. While these were effective, they often were extremely limited and could get costly. Not to mention that anyone who wanted to read the posting had to purchase the newspaper. Legacy allows users to create a virtual memorial that can be shared with anyone who has internet access.
The Legacy website features a soft, slate blue color scheme. The homepage includes a wealth of information on the features and existing legacies. New visitors can check out an existing Legacy page for inspiration. The main navigation tools are easily found and allow new users quick navigation and access to all the main features of the site. The Legacy layout also includes a handful of advertisements, although they are relatively well placed and do not interfere with navigation and use of the site.
Legacy doesn’t offer an official registration process to access all site features. Instead, new users can select from the main buttons listed across the top of the homepage. These provide information and links to common Legacy features. Users who wish to honor a loved one can click the “celebrate a legacy” button. This directs to three options. The user can create a Legacy memorial website, submit an obituary to a publication, or post on a guestbook on an existing Legacy website.
A user who wishes to browse the Legacy website and search for existing Legacy memorial sites as well as informative articles can do so without an account. There is no cost to access these very basic features. However, to create a memorial site, the user is required to pay a fee. Currently, Legacy offers a special rate just under $40, which is 25% off the regular one year price. New members are also given the opportunity to try a Legacy memorial site for 14 days free. Once the free trial is up, the user is required to pay the annual sponsorship rate.
Friends and family of anyone who has died can make use of Legacy’s features. At this point, Legacy offers a more professional approach to the memorial process. The site includes obituaries and other services, which help justify the annual sponsorship price. However, there are alternative sites available that cost nothing to do much the same thing. Those searching for a single organization that can handle all aspects of memorials, from the obituary to a website, may prefer Legacy.