We have been in the video memorial business for over ten years. Our aim is to design and create the most personal, affecting and watchable video memorial tributes in the whole country.
But our commitment to memorable funeral tributes does not stop with our professional services. For those people who are lucky enough not to be pressed for time or who have a high degree of technical proficiency we are also a source of ideas and inspiration. We have been publishing “do it yourself” blogs stuffed with advice and suggestions for as long as we have been making video memorials for people. Our article on things to include in a video memorial has been read tens of thousands of times! 10 things (apart from photos) to include in a video memorial
We love our family – and of course we have suffered losses over the years. And on the passing of our loved ones we have wanted to honor and remember them in a special way. So we know that that is true for other people. And because of our professional expertise, we are in a position to help you properly honor your loved one and are happy to help in any way we can. And now we can reveal a new resource that families with a loss are sure to find helpful.
Sometimes the feelings we have about a person, or words that reflect their life or their life’s philosophy, have been said by other people. One of our personal favorites comes from Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) which helps us see the glass half full:
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Another quotation we like speaks to the rather unplanned way life often often unfurls. It was penned by Douglas Adams:
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
Usually there is comfort in our faith, as Pope Francis reminds us:
“In the face of unjust and painful situations, faith brings us the light which scatters the darkness.”
For a boatload more quotation samples useful in funeral memorials just click on the heading which links to our new website. No tricks or data collection – just a bunch of quotations.
We also have advice for folks working on their own funeral slideshow. If you have the time and just a few computer skills you can easily make you own funeral slideshow for free.
While there is an endless array of “slideshow makers” out there, many not-free, chances are you already have on your computer (Apple or PC) everything that you will need. Think Windows Live Movie Maker available on newer PCs or iMovie available on most Apple computers.
And if you can’t find the editing program that came with your computer then there are more than a few reputable photo sharing web sites that will let you upload, arrange then convert to a slideshow for free.
But whatever slideshow maker you choose, make sure your photos don;t let you down. You will probably need to digitize some images – that means you need to get them into your computer using a flatbed scanner (or by carefully taking digital photographs of them.) You should, if possible, clean the images up with a simple (free) photo editing program like Microsoft Photo Editor (older PCs), Microsoft Photo Gallery (newer PCs), or Apple iPhoto.
And when scanning, use a reasonably high scan resolution (around 300 dpi – more for very small images).
If you just want to see a bunch of tribute video samples then you can click over to our sample page. Some might be a tad sophisticated for first-timers but there are still ideas that you are likely to find useful.
So, good luck with your memorial. We won’t lie to you: they are a lot of work – even for professionals like us. There is no fast way to create personal, delicate, affecting memorial slideshows and tributes. But it’s time well spent for those who have earned our love.