How to make a slideshow for a funeral

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Thinking about making a funeral slideshow for a loved one’s funeral service? But not sure where to start? We can help. We’ve put together a guide below on how to make a slideshow for a funeral using free software. It’ll give you simple options on how to pull everything together. You’ll also find examples of free funeral slideshow templates so that it’s a straightforward process.

Making a funeral slideshow step by step

1. Choose the type of funeral slideshow you want to make

Would you like to make a slideshow for the funeral service or wake that’s constantly on in the background? It could loop through photos of your loved one throughout or just at the beginning or end of the service. That way, family and friends can focus on the slideshow when they’d like to. It’s also a good way of striking up a conversation about a particular memory you have of them.

If that’s not what you had in mind, you can make the funeral slideshow into more of a feature. It could tell the life story of the person who’s passed away with photos, captions and music. It could be a part of the eulogy or it could be a part of the funeral wake. Afterwards, it could also be sent to people who can’t attend the funeral.

2. Collect photos of your loved one

Now you’ve decided which type of funeral slideshow is best for the service you have in mind, you’ll need to go through photos of your loved one. Don’t forget to ask for help with this – it can be an emotional process, but you don’t have to do it alone. Reach out to family and friends via email or on social media and ask them to send you their favourite pictures of the person who’s passed away. Let them know that it can be group shots or pictures of them by themselves. This will help lighten the load a little. And you may even come across some photos of your loved that you haven’t seen in years or didn’t know existed.

If you’re making a feature presentation with your funeral slideshow, think about collecting a range of photos that span the person’s life. Images of their childhood, right through to their first job and family milestones can then be put into an order or grouped together by themes. This will help you keep track of all the images you want to use and make a funeral slideshow that tells the person’s story.

3. Make digital copies of old photos

Some of the photos you’ve collected might be digital. But some of them might be old, physical copies. So you’ll need to digitise them. There are a couple of ways you can do this.

4. Choose the music

Now that your photos are organised you can choose the music to play as part of the funeral slideshow. If it’s going to be a short presentation perhaps one piece of music will do. If it’s longer, you may need to choose 2 or 3 songs. Thinking about the mood you want to create with the slideshow is a good way to start. Do you want something gentle and moving? Or something more uplifting? To give you some inspiration here are some ideas:

You can also find a selection of funeral songs here. If you’re finding it difficult to narrow down the song choice remember you can always switch between songs during the funeral slideshow. And if you really don’t know what to choose, some free funeral slideshow templates come with pre-set music that you can use instead.

5. Make the funeral slideshow

Now you have everything you need to put your funeral slideshow together. There are free computer programs available that you can use. They’re simpler to use than the software you have to pay for, and you may even have one of them on your computer already. Here’s what we’d recommend:

If you’re struggling to make a funeral slideshow, remember to ask for help from other family members and friends. If there’s someone you know who has used these types of software before or is more technically minded, don’t be afraid to reach out for their help. Or if you have the budget, you could also get a funeral slideshow made by a professional. All you’ll have to do is give them the photos and music you’d like to add to it. And they’ll put it all together for a fee.

Making a funeral slideshow: our final tips

Funeral Choice is a free online directory where you can find a funeral director near you. We also have lots of other resources in our advice centre to help you with funeral planning and bereavement.