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How to make a personal funeral presentation

There are many ways of celebrating the life of a loved one. No one way is right or wrong. It’s all a matter of personal choice regarding how you choose to honour the memory of the one who’s passed away. 

In such moments, you might be expected to make a personalised funeral presentation. This can be daunting and emotional – not knowing where to begin in paying tribute to someone who was close to you. 

Your funeral presentation can range from being a speech to a memorial slideshow. The key is to keep your presentation short and relevant. Focus on the story and the memories you want to share. From creating personal song playlists, to photo collages and funeral slideshows, here are some ideas to help you to get started. 

Create a song playlist

Sometimes, songs can convey emotions that words cannot. This is especially true when it comes to grief. You can create a song playlist on Spotify or YouTube and play it in the background during your funeral presentation. Songs can be a great way to show how you want the person you loved to be remembered. They could be triumphant, sombre or even a religious hymn.

It’s a good idea to pick songs that would reflect the personality of the loved one you’re saying goodbye to, or ones that held a special meaning in their lives.

Stuck for ideas? Here are the 5 most popular songs for a funeral slideshow:

  • My Way – Frank Sinatra
  • Time to Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
  • Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy 
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • Angels – Robbie Williams

Create a photo collage

Images are powerful. Putting them in the right order can tell a personal story. And best of all, you don’t need to be a PowerPoint wizard to create a photo collage!

Choose from a variety of images that capture the good times and tell the story you want to convey about your loved one through pictures. These could be in the form of:

  • Photos of them as a young person
  • Photos of you together sharing important life milestones
  • Photo of a handwritten letter they wrote to you
  • Photos with their partner sharing candid moments of life
  • Photos of them doing things that made them happy

If you’re doing a memorial slideshow, PowerPoint’s Photo Album tool makes it easy to add multiple photos to your presentation to make a photo collage. You can even use PowerPoint’s free Photo Album Template to drag and drop photos from your hard drive directly into your presentation and create a slideshow.

Create a funeral slideshow

Whether it’s a song playlist or a photo collage, you can bring it all together to tell a story through a PowerPoint template at your funeral presentation.

If you don’t wish to spend all your time in creating a template from scratch, you can use pre-existing templates that are ready to use. The good thing is that the templates come with pre-designed slides. Just replace the text that you want and insert personal images to replace the dummy images in the slide pack. And just like that, you’re ready to go!

Struggling to find funeral PowerPoint templates? We recommend the Vintage Template. It has that ‘old-school’ touch that fits perfectly with the occasion. Download the PowerPoint funeral presentation template here.

Are you a Mac user? Try this free Keynote template instead. If you prefer to work from Google Slides, here’s a minimalist template that’ll help you get started.

Live streaming a funeral

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there has been an increase in funerals being live streamed to accommodate people who can’t be physically present at the service.

Live streaming the funeral service via services like Zoom and Facebook Live has given an opportunity for more people to join in and have their say, especially for those who can’t travel or are stuck overseas. 

More and more funeral services are offering an opportunity for virtual and in-person attendees to interact with each other. If you wish to give your funeral presentation virtually or want to live stream or record your presentation to those who can’t be physically present, check with the funeral organisers and plan accordingly.

Planning ahead is key

Whether you choose to give a speech, use a song playlist, make a photo collage, go all out with a funeral slideshow or live stream the funeral, the most important thing is that you plan ahead and practice your presentation until you’re comfortable with it.

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