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Zpub Announces the creation of The San Francisco Virtual Memorial

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 26, 1997)-- Zpub, publisher of the well regarded online San Francisco directory, z San Francisco, announces the creation of the San Francisco Virtual Memorial - a place to remember those who have died.

People are beginning to use the Internet to create memorials for the deceased. A Tiburon family of a Marine Corps pilot killed in a training exercise created a webpage honoring their son and husband. Herb Caen is honored online by a website created by his co-workers at the San Francisco Chronicle. There are already hundreds of online memorials and several places on the Internet to leave memorial messages. The San Francisco Virtual Memorial was created with a focus the San Francisco bay area.

Anyone with access to the Internet can make an entry into the San Francisco Virtual Memorial. There is no cost to do this. A person simply enters a message online and can link to a "memorial page" with photos and text or to a web site which expresses something of interest to the deceased. "Memorial" pages may be created by anyone familiar with "web page" design or by using one of the many sites offering free, do-it-yourself web pages.

Online Memorials can be accessed as easily by distant relatives in other parts of the world as from across town. A memorial can serve as a permanent record of the life of the deceased and can be accessed well after the traditional obituary has faded into oblivion. Those who have been cremated and their ashes dispersed can now be remembered online. The number of Internet memorials to Jerry Garcia is a testament to the power of this new medium.

The San Francisco Virtual Memorial also offers a place to easily find local Funeral services. While some in the funeral industry already have websites but most have not. The funeral directory provides links to those who have sites as well as contact information for those who do not. There is no cost to be listed in this directory.

The Virtual Memorial also includes links to sites with information about grieving, how to deal with kids and death, as well as sources of information about Genealogy in the area.

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