What can you include in a memorial video?
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.
10 Things to Consider for
your Memorial Video
1. STORIES: A passing is often the occasion for families to reunite - sons and daughters fly in (sometimes from interstate or even overseas) and people's thoughts turn to the happy memories. Some people will be writing and presenting eulogies. We try to take advantage of these impromptu reunions and capture short recollections of the subject from family and friends; often informally before the event. Where we can't record the person directly, we record via webcam or just record audio over the telephone (Skype can help with this) and have it played over an image of the person telling the story.
2. CAPTIONS: You may know the time, place, people and occasion of the photos. If you do, include that as a caption. And always look on the back! There is often a description; and if it's in the person's handwriting, then make sure you scan that and have it included (possibly with a split screen).
3. OLD VIDEO FOOTAGE: In most cases there is video footage of the subject somewhere in the family. You just have to ask! Nothing brings a person back into our memories better than film - ideally with audio also.
Things to include in your memorial video
This is a lot to think about, especially if time is short. But after a while, perhaps with the anniversary of a passing coming up, folks sometimes revisit the subject of the video memorial. With the additional time and thought, a fitting video tribute can be created with photos, and other important artifacts of the life.
Death is life's greatest challenge. But it is only in death that we come to appreciate the true gift and miracle of a life. We encourage people to use the burst of emotion and energy that accompanies these occasions to create a fitting tribute to their loved one.