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Creating a Lasting Tribute: Making a Tribute Video for a Loved One’s Funeral

Losing someone dear is an incredibly painful experience. In the midst of grief, finding ways to celebrate their life and the memories you shared can be a source of comfort and healing. Creating a tribute video for a loved one’s funeral is a beautiful way to do just that. Here’s a guide to help you through the process:

1. Find Support: You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Creating a tribute video can stir up strong emotions. Don’t hesitate to ask a friend, family member, or even a professional to help. Their support can make the process more manageable and provide comfort when needed.

2. Gather Your Materials: Photos, Videos, and Music

Start by collecting a variety of photos and videos that showcase different stages of your loved one’s life. Include everything from childhood pictures to recent gatherings, capturing their personality, passions, and the relationships they cherished. Reach out to others for additional photos or videos they may have.

Choose music that your loved one enjoyed or that evokes the essence of their spirit. A mix of upbeat and reflective songs can set the perfect tone for the video.

3. Focus on the Sentiment: Not Just Skill

Don’t stress about your editing abilities. The most important thing is the love and care you put into the video. Even a simple slideshow set to meaningful music can be profoundly moving.

4. Organise Your Content: Tell a Story

Once you have a collection of photos and videos, take time to organise them thematically. Consider grouping them into categories like family, friends, hobbies, or major life events. This will help you create a narrative flow for the video, telling the story of your loved one’s life.

5. Create a Storyboard (Optional):

A storyboard isn’t essential, but it can be helpful in planning the order of images, videos, and music. Sketching out the flow of your video can ensure it tells a cohesive and meaningful story.

6. Add Personal Touches: Make it Unique

Incorporate elements that make the video truly special. This could include:

  • A heartfelt introductory message
  • Quotes that resonate with your loved one’s personality or beliefs
  • Anecdotes or funny stories that capture their spirit
  • Voice recordings of your loved one, if available

7. Review and Refine: Get Feedback

After editing your video, watch it multiple times. Does the pacing feel right? Does the music complement the visuals? Are the images clear and well-presented? Seek feedback from family and friends to ensure it feels complete and honours your loved one authentically.

8. Sharing and Preservation: Keep the Memory Alive

Once you’re happy with the final product, consider sharing the video with others who couldn’t attend the funeral, perhaps through a private online link or social media. Most importantly, keep a copy of the video for yourself. It will be a treasured keepsake that allows you to revisit and celebrate your loved one’s life for years to come.

Creating a tribute video is a labour of love. It can be a deeply emotional, yet ultimately rewarding experience. By taking the time to curate and share memories, you create a lasting tribute that honours your loved one and provides comfort to those who mourn their loss.

If you’d like to hear more, check out our podcast, Death Defined ( where we discuss the complicated emotional spectrum of death with real people, from their experiences. Hosted by funeral director Matt Kwoka, we delve into the complicated emotions, processes, and taboos surrounding one of the experiences that unites all humanity.


If you’d like to discuss the requirements for a funeral and how Southern Cross can help celebrate your loved ones’ life, you can contact us at Southern Cross Funerals.