How to Make a Memorial Book

Make a funeral book that you, your family, and friends can contribute stories to. Share stories that make you laugh, smile, or even cry. After you have completed your book, there are resources listed below to help you archive it and turn it into a beautiful hardbound heirloom. Relive these stories time and time again and share them with your children.

Steps

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    Choose your preferred bookmaking application such as: iMemoryBook, MyPublisher, iPhoto, Adobe inDesign, etc. (More are listed in the external links below.)
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    Insert your loved one's life story into the book. If they have not written one, you can write it for them.
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    Ask family members if they know stories, information and little details about the person. These can be added to the book in comment or story form.
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    Copy and paste in an obituary.
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    Copy and paste in the eulogy.
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    Invite family members and friends to add their memories and photos to the book. You can do with this at the funeral service, with letters, or email. Bookmaking applications like iMemoryBook allow you to collaborate online to create a book--everyone can read the book online and add to it simultaneously.
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    Sort through your photos carefully. Choose only the best for your loved one's memory book. Read about organizing your digital photos for more details.
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    Add a family tree. This could be done by photocopying or printing off an existing family tree. Starting one from scratch is time consuming.
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    Arrange the photos in groups according to themes, not just chronologically.
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    Share your feelings. You're not ready to say goodbye. Write notes (journal entries) to your loved one. Let them how much you love and miss them.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Read other books that guide you through making a memorial book, for different perspectives on the layout and content assemblage.

Warnings

  • Make sure that if you plan to put more than a paragraph or two of text that you pick a book making system that can handle large amounts of text.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital book publishing software (options listed in External Links below)
  • Scanner
  • Digital camera
  • Simple photo editing software (Google Picasa or iPhoto)
  • A spiral notebook

Sources and Citations

  • Free Systems that allow large quantities of text and many pages
  • iMemoryBook Funeral Memory Books - Online bookmaking that lets your collaborate with family and friends to create your funeral memory book.
  • SharedBook Collaborative online memory book system.
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Categories: Death Funerals and Bereavement