A new service which allows users to post obituaries and memorial or condolence messages in The Straits Times and Malay daily Berita Harian has been launched.
The service allows anyone who wants to place these notices to book them online, without having to go in person to the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) News Centre in Toa Payoh North.
Called Life Matters, it is being offered by SPH's Print Classified department, and will be smartphone- and tablet-friendly.
This is the first time such an online service is being offered, said Mr Jerry Siah, head of operations for SPH Print Classified.
It will allow users to upload pictures and insert their own notices, by selecting from templates and samples provided or creating their own designs.
Payment can be made via credit card.
If bookings are done before 4pm, notices can be published as soon as the following day.
The website currently takes applications only for obituaries in colour - which normally incur a 20 per cent surcharge above the basic fee, if booked in person. When booked online, the surcharge would be 15 per cent.
"We are keenly aware that families will have many things to attend to when a loved one passes away," said Mr Siah. "We hope to be of service with this online booking arrangement."
For new death announcements, families would need to attach a digital copy of the death certificate when they place the notice. This can be done in the form of a digital photograph or copy of the document.
There is no need to attach any formal document if friends and relatives are placing condolence messages, or those in memory of their loved ones.
The service will soon be extended to the Chinese newspapers, said Mr Siah.
The service is also being upgraded so users will be able to share the obituary notices via their mobile devices.
Those who wish to place notices in the two newspapers can now do so online at www.sphobit.com.sg
Anyone who encounters difficulties can call the customer service hotline on 6319-5192 or e-mail email@example.com
This article was first published on Nov 05, 2014.
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