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Make a Memorial Slideshows and Videos

Sharing the life of your loved one through a memorial slideshow or video is one of the most special honors you can give. Both enhance a funeral or memorial service and provide a lasting tribute to the person who died. Memorial slideshows and videos are easier to create than you may think and can be designed with minimal effort.

A slideshow is a collection of photographs and documents either scanned into a computer or loaded digitally and highlight the milestones and memories from a person's life. It is then played on a large screen at a memorial or funeral service. A video is similar, except besides still images, videos of your loved one's life are included. Both are typically set to music that was of great important to the deceased.

Creating a Memorial Slideshow or Video

When planning a memorial slideshow or video, you must first decide how many pictures you will want to include. The amount of pictures will determine the lenghth. The
average memorial slideshow/video can be between two and ten minutes long. If your video is short you can choose to "loop" the video, which means it will automatically replay once it is complete. Select images that will bring fond memories of the deceased such as:

• Childhood alone and with family and friends
Favorite hobbies or interests
• Military photos or videos
• Milestones such as high school or college graduation or receiving an award
• Marriage and subsequent photos with spouse
• With children, grandchildren, etc.
• Retirement
• Any photos or videos that the audience can relate to and that shows your loved one in a positive light.

Once you have chosen the images and you want to use, load them to your computer from your phone or digital camera or scan them and save them. Make sure all the images are about the same size for a better presentation. Naming the files appropriately will make it easier to find and upload to your slideshow or video. Make sure to choose the best photo that will be used on the DVD cover.

Selecting Music

Finding the right music for your slideshow or video is just as personal as selecting it for the funeral or memorial. You have many options. If the deceased was religious, consider a hymn or contemporary Christian song. You can also select one or two of your loved one’s favorites songs or tunes by a popular artist.

You can also select a song that holds a special memory such as one played at his or her wedding. Finally, consider writing and performing a personal song in his or her memory. There are many options! The song can be instrumental or with lyrics that hold a special meaning.

The DVD Cover

Memorial slideshows and videos are typically produced on recordable DVDs that can be replayed on televisions and computers. You will want to add a cover image to the face of the DVD. This is normally one of the images used in the slideshow or video.

Memorial slideshows and video can be the perfect way to memorialize a loved one. These videos can enhance your funeral, wake, or memorial service as well as make a treasured keepsake for friends and family members.