This year has been difficult for all of us, especially, the ones who lost their loved ones. Some people did not even have a chance to say goodbye to their close ones, because of the restrictions. In this truly dark and painful time, you should find a way to heal and accept.
One of the good approaches might be creating a slideshow for the one who passed away, where you can express all your love and appreciation. Browsing through photos and videos will be heartbreaking, however, it might be a healthy way of dealing with such a loss. A funeral slideshow maker will help you make a meaningful video to say goodbye. Here is a small guide on how to make a funeral video tribute with SmartSHOW 3D to commemorate your friend.
1. Pictures Tell a Story
A funeral slideshow is a way to celebrate one’s life as well as to reminisce. Contact your friends in misfortune to share images and clips and pick the best 30 or 40. Try to tell the story of the life of the one you’ve lost: from happy and joyful childhood throughout the adult life with the most important accomplishments. Also, add some photographs where the person is enjoying life, traveling, or doing something he or she liked the most.
Short videos will make a good addition to the slideshow as they will bring up some warm memories and help you and everyone else remember the best moments. If you would like to play this clip during the memorial ceremony, add different pictures from everyone he or she used to know so that people can share their stories and memories. The best way to heal is to talk about your feelings, so help everyone to reminisce and spark up the healing process.
2. Everyone Is Unique
Now it is time to show the uniqueness of the person you loved and design a personal and special video tribute. Pick the memorial slideshow template that will convey the atmosphere of the occasion. Additionally, the template can be altered so you may add a personal touch to it. A good classic choice is the Fade-In/Fade-Out effect. It remains subtle, does not distract viewers from the essence of the video and at the same time creates a warm and poetic atmosphere.
3. Music Conveys Emotions
Choosing a song for memorial slideshow might be harder than it seems. It shouldn’t be too sad and depressing and yet it should create an atmosphere for mourning. Maybe, a classical tune might fit the best, especially, if your loved one liked classical music. If not, pick something deep and meaningful but don’t go overboard and choose a somber song. Here are some of our suggestions:
- Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings
- Frank Sinatra – My Way
- Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
4. Words Are Powerful
Now it is time to open your heart and find the right words to express your love and gratitude. Think of the best moments you spent together and how it made you feel. What did the dearly departed teach you? How did he or she makes your life better and happier? You can also ask the person’s friends and family members to share their words and include them in the video. Finally, look for tasteful quotes on the internet, some of them can be very helpful in dealing with such a situation.
- “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” George Sand
- “Life has to end. Love doesn’t.” Mitch Albom
5. Bring Memories to Life
Take the last look at the memorial slideshow and, once you are satisfied, click Create. In case there will be a memorial service, burn your work to a DVD and bring it to the ceremony to run the video during the funeral reception. If you cannot make it to the service or the reception is not going to take place, share your little movie on social media, or send it via email. You could even add it on a tribute website to honor a loved one online.
In hard times like this, it is important to have each other’s backs and provide emotional support for one another. The only way to deal with such loss is to share your feelings with your close ones and exchange stories and warm memories. A farewell slideshow is a great way to start the healing process and spark up the conversation.