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New capability enables users to verbally express thoughts and memories in online guest books.

Adding the power of voice to the way people celebrate the lives of lost loved ones,, the leading provider of online obituary services to newspapers, today introduced Audio Tributes, a free online service to honor those who have passed. Audio Tributes enable users to leave a voice message as part of a person’s online obituary guest book.

Audio entries join written entries and photograph submissions as a way for users to express their thoughts and memories in guest books, available on the hosted online obituary sections of almost 300 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.

“Voice is a very powerful, personal way to pay tribute, and now people can voice their condolences, thoughts and memories through an obituary guest book entry,” said John Bikus, chief marketing officer for “This feature further expands and enhances the way people celebrate the lives of loved ones.”

To record an Audio Tribute, visitors to a guest book click “Leave Audio Entry,” and are then provided an ID number, toll-free phone number and further instructions. Messages can be up to one minute in length. After recording, users can play back and re-record their message as often as needed before submitting it to the guest book. Submitted Audio Entries are screened for appropriateness before posting.

About, based in Evanston, Ill., is the leading provider of online obituary solutions for newspapers. The company posts obituaries, death notices, and guest books for one of every two deaths in the U.S. each day. powers obituary sections for close to 300 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada, providing monitored guest books, archive services, and other features. The company’s mission is to use new media technology in expanding ways to celebrate people’s lives. Its sites are visited by more than 5 million users each month.

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