When a loved one passes, many people decide to create a video memorial to honor and remember them. Time is usually short, and often the best that can be done is to gather the available photos and have them put into an automatically generated slideshow using programs such as iMovie or even PowerPoint.
We like to help people create truly memorable memorial tributes to their loved ones which will be treasured for years to come.
The basis for most funeral slideshows is a series of personal pictures. But what else can you include apart from photographs? Well, the idea is to gather as much and as varied material as possible that helps convey and preserve the uniqueness of your loved one.
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4. CARDS AND LETTERS: Grandparents - especially - accumulate cards and artwork from their grandchildren. I have never met a grandparent who has thrown away a single picture or letter from a grandchild! These can also be included in the video memorial to show how loved and honored the person was in life.
5. POEMS, SAYINGS & QUOTATIONS: Death, for all its pain, is a prompt to ponder the big issues in life. And a collection of sentiments that the person lived by or that represent their beliefs and philosophies helps us to focus our thoughts. Sometimes a person was known for their sayings or homilies. These can be included as simple text screens or as text "crawls".
6. VOICE-OVER: One member of the family is often designated to present an overview of the person's life at the service. That same person is often well placed to supply narration or voice over for the visual elements of the video memorial. Sometimes it's enough for the person to review the images and other visual material then say a few words about some of them.
7. CLIPPINGS & MEMORABILIA: Some people have been featured in newspapers or magazines or have kept scrapbooks of high school or college athletic or arts achievements. Some people have trophies and awards, or collections.
8. HANDWRITING: I always try to include samples of the subject's handwriting. It may be from a photo description, an old (possibly last) shopping list, or it may be a letter written a long time ago or even recently. It may be a signature from a driver's license or passport.
9. MEDIA BOX COVER: Having put together a stunning video memorial, you should have it packaged so that it is immediately identifiable and records the significant milestones of the person's life. You can also include maps. Family and friends will likely want a copy to keep so it's worth making the project recognizable.
10. WEB POSTING: With the vast choice of free online web hosting available, many people opt to post their video memorial so that it is available at any time and from any computer for any friend or family member.
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