Memorial Video Guide

Sunday, 16 October 2022

Funeral tribute videos are a wonderful way to share memories of your loved one with family and friends.

A funeral slideshow and memorial video can be screened prior or during a funeral service, or wake, to celebrate the life of the deceased. Photographs and film footage can be combined with favourite songs and music to create a focus for the remembrance of happy memories.

If you like the idea of creating a funeral memorial video, but you are unsure of where to begin, we’ve curated this guide to assist you.

Content for the Video

  • Photos: Photos are a natural choice for a memorial video. Look for a variety of images that represent a life well-lived starting from the earliest images. These can include family, friends, and other meaningful life moments.
  • Videos: If you have any videos of the deceased, these make a great addition. If not, consider adding video reflections or tributes from close friends and family. This is a good idea if you have some guests who are unable to attend in person but want to say a few words.
  • Memorabilia: Our lives are captured in more than just photos and videos. Things like artwork, letters, costumes, and trophies are all a way to highlight who we are.
  • Literature: A lot of people like to include quotes, poems, and prayers that meant something to the deceased or family.

Consider the story you’re trying to tell. We are each made of a complex collection of experiences, memories, and belonging. Piecing all of these things together is a powerful way to honor someone’s life.

Store your Media Collection

Before you get started actually creating the video, take some time to get organized. While collecting photos, videos, and memorabilia from friends and family, organize everything in one place. It’s helpful to digitalize this collection so it’s easy to add to your video when the time comes.

To simplify this process, share a folder with friends and family that they can add to from their own devices. This is simple to do with a cloud storage solution like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive. If security is a concern, set a password to keep your loved ones privacy safe.

Putting the Video Together

There are a variety of free and paid tools available. Here are some of the most common options:

  • Free software: Your computer or smartphone might already be equipped with video editing software. Windows Movie Maker on PC and iMovie on Mac are both great options. Otherwise, you can download some free software online that fits the bill.
  • Video Apps: Next there are a variety of video apps that do a lot of the work for you. They usually have preset memorial templates that are expertly designed, saving you a lot of time. Though these usually cost a small fee, they’re worth the convenience.
  • Slideshow tools: You can also use a slideshow maker like PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Keynote.

While it’s not possible to sum up a lifetime of emotions and experiences in a short video, a memorial tribute is a great way to honour someone’s memory. Not only are they more accessible than ever before, but more people are documenting life’s everyday moments than ever before.

We’re lucky to live in an age where it’s possible to relive these special moments even after death. Memorial videos are really life proof that those we love never leave us, and that ones legacy really does go beyond death.