Planning a memorial service when you are deep in grief is difficult to say the least. The amount of things that have to be done when a loved one dies can seem insurmountable. So, if you can take some time to allow yourself to reflect on the joy your loved one brought to your life, getting through this time may be a bit easier. One of the ways to do this is to incorporate a photo/video memorial into your service. Know that it will be a lot of work, but by doing this, you will have a chance to relive the life of your loved one and the memories will allow you a final visit before you put your loved one to rest. Here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Use the cloud to help your family share photos. Set up a Dropbox or Google
photo album to allow all family members to share photos. We Transfer is also good for family members who do not have the above cloud sharing services but do have access to email. It also is a free service.
2. Now comes the fun part, sifting through the collection you've acquired. Keeping in mind how the photo will appear on a large screen pick the clearest and most animated shots. It's best to do this is stages. Pick your best, then pick your best from those. Consider putting them into a specific photo organizing system like MyLio (free plan available). Some things to watch for:
4. Find the music. This is often the most difficult part as there are so very many songs to remind you of your shared time. A favorite song, a favorite musician or genre, a song that reflects the joy of life. So many choices. You can use a collection of a few songs, but if so, be sure you have a way to fade them in and out during the show as an abrupt change of music can ruin the moment.
5. Finally, you'll need to find a way to put them all together. iMovie or PowerPoint are both good tools. Take a look online as there are several options that will work. You can also hire a company to put together the presentation. You will, of course, have to provide the photos.
6. For those who cannot attend there are also ways to duplicate your slideshow. Check for sources to assist with this online.
Be sure not to exceed more than five to six minutes.There can be too much of a good thing. This memorial tribute will be a meaningful addition to your loved one's service as a lasting treasure for all who are grieving their loss. To assist you with audio/visual equipment needs, please contact us in advance of your service at Hilgenfeld Mortuary.