As the cost of technology decreases, digital tributes are gaining popularity in the funeral industry.
With digital life tributes, people can combine home movies, photographs, and music with personal stories and final messages to create a DVD or computer file for loved ones. Or, loved ones can create tribute movies to remember the deceased.
According to the Columbia Tribute, the cost of a professionally created, 10 minute tribute costs about $500.
“These are very personal remembrances,” said Randy Murray of Forever Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, owner of Mount Washington Forever Cemetery in Independence. “Anybody can sell grass and granite. We’re taking on the responsibility of being the caretaker of someone’s memories.”
As personal computing becomes more powerful – or as people switch to Macs which make video creation a piece of cake – I can only imagine the popularity of this kind of remembrance will continue to grow.