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EVANSTON, Ill. -, the Web's dominant obituary resource and leader in online memorialization, has launched an enhanced portal that builds upon its affiliation with more than 650 U.S., Canadian and British newspapers. The portal adds new expert content and a number of advanced features to create the most complete and interactive memorialization site available on the Internet. Complementing its daily obituary feeds from newspapers with its comprehensive database and powerful search function, the 10-year-old category pioneer has added social networking features similar to those available through MySpace and Facebook but specifically geared toward its targeted audience.
"Our goal has always been to provide a place for individuals to create lasting memorials to their deceased loved ones and to offer support to those seeking advice or solace during times of grief and loss," said Stopher Bartol, president and CEO of "As more and more people turn to the Web to search for information, connect and find comfort, our hope is that and our affiliated newspaper Web sites will provide welcoming destinations for people during the most difficult times in their lives."
Among the new site enhancements is an interactive microsite called LegacyConnect, through which visitors can network and gain access to a rich assortment of expert counsel from leading educators, authors, grief counselors and psychologists on topics related to grief and loss. New content and experts will be featured each week. Visitors also can share experiences or seek and offer wisdom or support though a variety of community discussions and message boards.

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