Recently, the late George H W Bush funeral was broadcasted all over the world, okay, he was a former President of the United States of America and this is very traditional for such public figures for this to occur but what about for our loved ones so relatives have a memory of the final service.
There is such a thing as funeral videographers however in the United Kingdom there are very few providers that offer this kind of service however should funeral directors or indeed anyone who officiates at a funeral service offer this for relatives as part of the departing of a loved one moving forward to change the way services are offered to loved ones, there are few certainties in life, we are born, there will be lots up ups and downs along the way but then we die.
Here are a couple of reasons why we may wish to have a video of the funeral service however should:
For family and friends who cannot attend the service in person
Due to one reason or another, whether this is distance, illness, travel restrictions, cost, time, emotional distress, sock, serving in the armed forces, work or other commitments.
Preserve the memories of your loved one forever
Share the memories of your loved one with future generations – your children and your children’s children, to let them know, who grandma or grandpa was and how much they were loved by others.
Hear and see, as often as you want, beautiful testimonials from family and friends.
Helps in the healing process
Even though you may not be able to view the video or listen to the audio immediately, months or years down the road you will be able to watch the video and by realizing how much your loved one was loved by others, and the positive influence they be comforted had on so many people’s lives.
Experience the service in the privacy of your own home, by yourself or with other family members, at any time you choose.
Experience the service after you’ve had time to rest and rejuvenate from all the stress, numbness, and emotion, experienced while preparing for the funeral as well as the funeral day itself.
See and hear portions of the service that you may not have been able to experience on that day (i.e. you had to leave the room due to overwhelming emotion, or needed to tend to a child, or were feeling ill, or simply couldn’t hear or see the speakers, etc.)
Share the service with friends and family around the world over the internet within 24 hours of the end of the service.
There of course should be guidelines of how funerals should be filmed for discretion, privacy and the ability to grieve however should this concept be developed further and expanded considering some of the above areas of interest in this matter?
In the words of Alan Sachs“Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives”.