The last few weeks for The Online Book Company have been very busy. We have all been gearing up, and getting set to exhibit at the National Funeral Exhibition taking Place at Stoneleigh, between the 12th and 14th of June. The NFE is a bi-annual exhibition that attracts a range of people involved in the Funeral Industry, from all over the country and beyond. But why are we going?
Well, at The Online Book Company we produce bespoke, online books for a range of different people, organisations, events, and much more. We are, at the exhibition, presenting our ‘Individual Online Memorial Book’ whereby families and friends can choose to celebrate the life of a loved one in a unique, special and online place. Families can share memories, photos, video, from all over the world, and can even link the books to their social media and submit donations to charity through a simple ‘donate’ option, whilst maintaining the look and feel of a more traditional Book of Remembrance.
Families have told us what a great resource our books are, with many going back to a book again and again to share family news, or to add photos. Instead of simply commemorating a life, the books allow a life to be truly celebrated, acting as a hub for people to visit and to enjoy stories they may not have otherwise heard.
We can’t wait to get to Stoneleigh, and to see faces old and new and to show people just how fantastic our Online Books are!
Here at The Online Book Company we’ve created a new, innovative online memory book for the hospice charity ‘ellenor’.
The charity provides care and support for families facing terminal illness in Kent, and is unique in looking after patients of all ages and their families. Inspired by the moving stories frequently shared with staff, the hospice decided to create a more permanent place for memories to be shared.
The book allows families to share precious moments and commemorate the lives of their loved ones – allowing them to do more than include a name in a physical book.The book is a reflection of the ellenor ethos – where care extends far beyond the realm of nursing – and believe it will strengthen links with ellenor’s patient and family support team.
It was an inspiring experience working with staff at ellenor. We’re delighted staff are happy with the results and it’s great to see the first stories appearing in the memorial book!
An idea that started out as a way of celebrating the lives of people who have died has evolved into a business that has clients across the world.
Hugh Hastings and myself, Jonathan Haward are long-time friends and work colleagues, we both had lost brothers early in our lives – one through a flying accident and the other through terminal illness. Keen to share our memories and photos, we developed Friends and Relations – an internet-based service that allows people to upload their recollections and donate money to a relevant charity.
Like all good ideas, the original concept has blossomed remarkably over the years. In 2012, the growing company achieved a spectacular coup when our team came up with a proposal for the Jubilee Hour – an online book of Diamond Jubilee celebration that encouraged people to give sixty minutes of their time to help good causes. It was a huge success with a record-breaking number of volunteer hours pledged.
That remarkable achievement has spawned the production of online books for a wide variety of clients including charities, hospices, organisations, education providers and funeral directors – both in the UK and abroad. Our team are also involved in commemorations for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and, following our work with a number of animal charities, have launched another commemorative website called Dearest Pets.
We believe sharing all sorts of different memories is an important part of being human and the internet is a great way of doing that on a much wider scale than was possible in the past. From weddings and funerals to national events, our books provide lasting and treasured mementoes.