When someone we care about and love passes away, all we have left on Earth are memories of their life and times. Safely archived inside the memory vault within our heart are everlasting moments we spent with them, the words we exchanged, the emotions we shared, and the lessons they've taught us. There are numerous gems inside us that we can share with others, like words of wisdom that our loved one passed on to us, and which you can now pass on to others. Other gems include funny stories about your loved one that might brighten the day of members in your Memories Timeline. For this reason, you should think about remembering your loved one in a creative way that can be presented to others (or simply keep for your private use).
There are many ways to remember and honor a loved one who has moved on to the next life. Your memorial can be in the virtual realm, like an online memorial or a Memories Timeline, or as an old-fashioned photo book. Whatever you choose as a way to remember your loved one, what's important is that you cherish their memories forever, and maybe even share them with relatives and close friends.
In this guide, we'll show you some tips and creative ideas on how to remember your dearly departed.
A virtual memorial, or online memorial, is a memorial service that is hosted on the internet rather than a physical space of gathering.
A virtual memorial service utilizes technology to perform the traditional practices of an in-person memorial service, which includes:
Delivering a eulogy and speech
Telling stories about the dearly departed
A mass or sermon by a religious official
A group prayer session
Performing or playing a religious hymn or appropriate song
Showing a video or photo slide show of your loved one's life
Performing a poetry reading or poetic monologue
You can host a virtual memorial service on a Memories Timeline, which is interactive and will allow guests to comment on particular elements of the service, such as a memorial video and photos of your loved one.
A tribute photo book is one of the best ways to honor your departed loved one. Photo books capture and immortalize scenes from their extraordinary life. You can create an old-fashioned tribute photo book, which is essentially a photo album specifically focused on your departed loved one's life and times. This will make a great keepsake, a visual time capsule, if you will, that you can keep in your home to remember your loved one.
Likewise, you can create a digital tribute photo book hosted on a web platform such as a Memories Timeline. Unlike a traditional photo book, the online version will allow you to post videos. Additionally, online photo books allow family and close friends from different parts of the world to comment and contribute their own stories about your departed loved one. A digital tribute photo book makes it easier to share memories and collaborate with others.
We live in a visual-centered society in this day and age. From popular websites like YouTube to apps like Instagram, we are obsessed with visual media because they offer us instantaneous gratification and are easily shareable to others. If you're planning a memorial service, whether in-person or digitally, you should consider creating and sharing memorial videos of your loved one. It will add a multimedia layer that will remind others the beautiful and extraordinary life your loved one lived while on Earth.
Digitizing photos, letters and video tapes with sentimental footage will safeguard your precious memories and allow them to be shareable online. Scanning printed ephemera and film photos will also allow you to upload them on a Memories Timeline and other similar platforms. While you can still keep your physical copies, you will no longer have to worry about losing them in unforeseeable catastrophic events like floods, fires damage and deterioration. You can use any flatbed scanner (even the ones that come with multifunction home printers) to digitize your prints. You should also use an external hard-drive, USB stick or cloud storage to host copies, even if you plan on uploading them on a web platform like a Memories Timeline.