Funeral Home Provides New Video Service To Remember Loved Ones

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Memories become that much more important when people lose a loved one. Messinger Payson Funeral Home now has the ability to capture those important life moments with a personalized, lasting tribute on DVD and on the funeral home's Web site.

With a tasteful montage of personal photos, touching music and heart-stirring images based on the loved one's hobbies, profession, religion or military career, Messinger Payson Funeral Home can create a moving tribute.

"Although many families have videos of particular occasions in their loved ones' life, they find it comforting to have a DVD or Web site that touches on their life accomplishments and portrays their personality," said Mark Waldrop, manager and licensed funeral director of Messinger Payson Funeral Home. "Not only is the Tribute Video a comfort to the friends and family, it provides a record to future generations -- grandchildren and great-grandchildren -- who won't get the opportunity to know the loved one firsthand."

"Every person who has lived has a story to tell," said Joe Joachim, president of funeralOne, the company that pioneered Tribute Video. "If you think about it, everyone has done something in their life that is worthy of a tribute, and now it can be celebrated in a tangible way that will allow their loved ones to keep their memory alive."

Family members have the choice of more than 100 themes that represent their loved one, based on their hobbies, career, military service, achievements or religion. With the family's favorite memories and photos, Messinger Payson Funeral Home designs the perfect tribute. Customized music and titles add to the professional look of the video production.

Once complete, Messinger Payson Funeral Home transfers the tribute to a DVD for the family's personal use and uploads it to the company's Web site, www.messingerpayson.com.

Wendy Wright, who does the Tribute Video work for Messinger Payson Funeral Home, said it only takes a day to produce the video once she has the photos the family want to use.

They run from six to nine minutes, depending on the number of photos being used.

The families who have included a video in their loved one's service usually play it before the funeral starts, Wright said.

So far, Messinger Payson Funeral Home has done six Tribute Videos since starting the service in September.

As part of the tribute, the funeral home posts the video on a page of its Web site. It remains in place for a month, Wright said. Friends and family members can sign an online guest book and post their own photo memories as well.

For more information about the Tribute Video service, call Messinger Payson Funeral Home at (928) 474-2800.

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