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EternalSpace

April 21, 2009 09:05 ET

EternalSpace™ Immersive Online Memorials Shape the Way Society Celebrates, Honors and Remembers Their Loved Ones Lives for Generations

Available Through Funeral Industry Partners, EternalSpace Memorials, the World's First Dimensional Online Memorials, Transcend Time, Distance and Technology

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - EternalSpace™ (www.EternalSpace.com) today unveiled a completely new type of online memorials, an immersive, multidimensional experience, that allows family, friends, colleagues, and well-wishers to connect emotionally while sharing and preserving the cherished memories of departed family members or friends -- forever. Personal memorials at EternalSpace.com are peaceful, serene online environments for sharing thoughts or uploading photos and videos that celebrate a life for the days, months and years to come. EternalSpace memorials can be started or added to at any time and passed to future generations who can learn about their heritage and experience first-hand accounts of their ancestors.

"EternalSpace is completely changing the way online memorials are perceived in the deathcare industry. Their memorials are the first of their kind, enabling people to build a meaningful online destination that creates a personal connection with a loved one," said Alan Creedy, President, Trust 100. "Unlike anything available on the Internet, EternalSpace is dynamically interactive, allowing users to build an ongoing social community long after the death has occurred. It's a place family and friends will want to visit again and again."

EternalSpace memorials (http://www.eternalspace.com/memorials.html) feature tranquil landscapes that can be customized to reflect and honor an individual's life and legacy. Accessible anytime from anywhere, family, friends and well-wishers can capture, preserve and share their experiences as they are recalled. A living, growing tribute, thoughts, photos and videos can be added as they are discovered, or on special days as they recur.

Additionally, well-wishers may dedicate and place virtual tribute gifts in the EternalSpace memorial, selecting from a diverse range of items including flowers, trees, candles, hobby and sports memorabilia, and other unique gifts that reflect the personality, interests and life of each individual. EternalSpace memorials are 100% advertising-free, ensuring the memories of every family will be treated with reverence for eternity.

Every EternalSpace memorial provides a place for a Friends and Family community. This social networking feature, unique to EternalSpace, helps friends and family connect to ease the grieving process and share memories. Within the community, members can complete simple profiles for themselves and communicate in real-time. This social community makes sharing more personal when people are separated by geography and time zones, whether sending private messages or communicating with the entire group.

According to Compete.com's site analytics, more than 400 million online visits were made to basic, antiquated online memorial and obituary sites in 2008. This growth has been fueled in part by the growing trend in cremation, changes in the economic climate, the rapid growth in broadband Internet access, and the pervasiveness of online social communities. The Pew Internet & American Life Project's December 2008 tracking survey reported that the share of adult Internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years -- from 8% to 35%. In addition, in Q1 2009 Swivel Business reported that 163 million people in the United States have access to broadband Internet, an increase of more than 100 million people since 2006. The growth is expected to continue, due in part to the $7.2 billion broadband budget recently approved by Congress.

"As the funeral industry faces new challenges, our partners are looking for ways to add more value and differentiate their services as they seek additional sources of revenue," said EternalSpace President Jay Goss. "EternalSpace helps the funeral industry address these changing dynamics and delivers a service that meets the growing need for families to support each other and stay connected over greater distances."

Funeral homes, crematories, and cemeteries are embracing EternalSpace to meet this growing need for sophisticated, intuitive online memorials (http://www.eternalspace.com/partners.html). EternalSpace is an everlasting, intuitive memorial service that complements existing services and can generate perpetual income.

"EternalSpace memorials are a welcome addition to the services we offer families, and they demonstrate our commitment to meet each family's individual needs and truly personalize our services," said Scott Meierhoffer of Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory in Saint Joseph, Missouri. "EternalSpace is easy to set up, generates recurring income, and facilitates communication with pre-need families, as well as families served in the past. It is really helping us build a cross-generational bond with the families we serve."

About EternalSpace

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., EternalSpace is the premier online memorial service for the funeral industry. The company's immersive EternalSpace memorials are changing the way society pays tribute to loved ones by providing a personalized online destination where lives are celebrated, honored, and remembered. By leveraging EternalSpace.com, funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries can meet the evolving needs of their families while securing an opportunity to generate perpetual income. EternalSpace memorials are distributed through the company's funeral industry partners. The EternalSpace sales and management teams are comprised of funeral and technology industry veterans, supported by an Advisory Council of experienced deathcare experts. For more information, visit www.EternalSpace.com or call 323.284.5300.

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