Before the Celebration
After processing the devastation of losing someone you love, you’ll face a massive “to do” list. You’ll contend with seemingly endless tasks even as you grieve:
- Calls to family and friends
- Meetings with clergy
- Busy-work appointments to make decisions about everything from cremation or burial
- Decisions about which type of casket or urn
You may find it difficult to focus on what really matters when someone dies — preparing a service to celebrate their life. To help, allow us to share what we’ve learned during our years in the mortuary business.
Celebrations Should Be All About Relationship
The cornerstones to healing after loss are to honor the achievements of your loved one and celebrate the life you shared. Because you valued the relationship, the memorial should celebrate that bond. IT should also honor the unique individual you have lost.
A few ideas to help you create a fitting and memorable event:
Celebrate with Tribute Videos
In the not-too-distant past, expensive, complicated videotaping equipment kept most families from producing video tributes. Today, however, anyone who has a smartphone can create a fitting tribute.
Affordable video-editing software:
- iMovie (iOS)
- Vine (Android/iOS)
- FxGuru: Movie FX Director (Android/iOS)
- PowerDirector Mobile (Android)
- Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Creator (Android/iOS)
- FiLMiC Pro (Android/iOS)
- Splash (iOS)
- Dubsmash (Android/iOS)
These apps walk users through the way to blend family photographs with attractive graphic images and soundtracks. Using them, you can create an elegantly emotive cinematic video, which will enhance any funeral or memorial service. After the ceremony, the video is sure to become a treasured family keepsake. At Foothill Funeral & Cremation, we do video tributes for clients in-house and can make copies for family and friends.
Personalized Printing for Life Celebrations
At Foothill Funeral & Cremation, Our Life Tributes include memorial bookmarks, service programs, prayer cards, and folders. All of these include a favorite photo, poem or prose tribute to your loved one. Through Life Tributes, we can add a personalized element to your service, which guests can take home, as a treasured keepsake. It’s tradition…with a twist.
The Internet has all but eliminated the need for newspaper obituaries. Thus, most mourners prefer to honor their loved ones on a memorial website. Foothill Funereal & Cremation has taken this concept one step further. Our sites connect family and friends as they virtually gather to honor loved ones lost…no matter geographical location. These tributes celebrate connections, honor a life, and provide a record which can be accessed on difficult days — long after the frenzy of funeral activity has passed.
You knew your loved one better than anyone else. And we have years of experience. Together, we can design the perfect memorial or funeral service. If you’re ready to discuss the options or have questions, please call us at (626) 335-0615, or send an email inquiry.
About Foothill Funeral & Cremation
Named San Gabriel Valley “Reader’s Choice” for 2017, Foothill Funeral & Cremation Services has a beautiful showroom and offices located at 402 West Baseline in Glendora. We proudly serve the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Over the years, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity and trust. We would be honored to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or drop by our showroom.