Multimedia and Livestream
We produce various multimedia designs to assist families to celebrate and remember. We are flexible so talk through any ideas you have with your funeral director.
Service sheets (orders of service) may be printed for handing out at the funeral service. Every service sheet is unique and we have a great team of graphic designers there to create a personalised sheet for each family. What we require to do this is:
- Your favourite photo for the front cover
- Additional photos that may have special importance
- An order of Service (this is usually supplied by the person leading the service)
- Any poems, readings, or hymns that you wish to have included
We will scan all your photos. If possible please remove photos from their albums and/or frames. Digital Photos (USB, email, dropbox etc) should be at least 1MB in size for best results. Remember we can crop and edit photos if required to ensure the best result.
To allow us time to produce a personalised service sheet we ask that all content is received at least two days prior to the funeral service. We will provide a draft for you to proof prior to printing and have everything ready the evening before the funeral. Your funeral director will be able to answer any of your questions and keep you updated along the way.
Slideshow / Photo Tributes
A slideshow of photos can be a meaningful way to share more memories, it can give time to reflect on and share highlights of a life. It can be shown before or during a service and can be accompanied by your choice of music. All you need to do is provide us with your photos and we will create a professional video slideshow for the service whether it is held in our chapel or at another venue.
For best results we recommend photos should be at least 1MB in size if being provided via USB, email, or dropbox etc. We can scan any hardcopy photos, if possible please remove photos from their albums and/or frames
Photos: We recommended approximately 40 photos, this on average will fit nicely with one piece of music (about 3 and a half minutes long). If you have more photos we can play more than one song or repeat the same song twice.
Music: If you wish to provide your own music, please use an MP3 or MP4 format. You can provide your own music or your funeral director can find it for you.
If you want to bring your own slideshow
Our preferred file formats are AVI, MOV, or MPEG.
Please note other formats (including PowerPoint and iMovie) are not compatible with our system, if these are exported correctly these can be downloaded in our preferred format - if you have questions please ask your funeral director. To ensure there are no compatibility issues with slideshows, we request you give this to your funeral director the day before the funeral service, this gives plenty of time to make adjustments if required.
Thank You Cards
Bereavement or thank you cards can be printed for you to send out after the funeral. These cards can be a nice way of acknowledging those who have expressed their sympathy and support at the time of your bereavement. We will produce these cards for you to match the service sheet design.
We offer the first four cards complimentary and additional cards can be ordered through your funeral director.
Whenever we have created a slideshow as part of the media for a service we also produce a complimentary photobook filled with all the images that have been provided to us . It is permanent record of all the photographs gathered for the funeral service, bound in a locally made hand-crafted cover.
Additional copies can be ordered through your funeral director.
We understand that not being able to be present at a funeral service can be stressful. It can be especially difficult with families being spread throughout the world. This is why we have live streaming technology built into our Hope and Sons Chapel, allowing quick, consistent and easy access for family and friends all over the world.
Funerals are only broadcast with the permission of the family.
If permitted the broadcast begins 10 minutes before the funeral. Links can be found by following a link from our website, or by direct email invitation. All live-stream links stay active for 90 days and the service can be watched at any point during this time.
External Venue Live Streaming
For external venues that do not have livestreaming capabilities we can contract a local supplier that can provide the correct equipment, and personnel needed to have a live link active during the funeral service.
Costs for this vary based on access and equipment needed so let us gather a quote for you and facilitate this to happen.
Not all families wish to have a service streamed, but some would like to keep a record of the day. We can arrange for an audio-visual recording of the funeral service. We can record with our static in-house cameras or utilise the skills of a professional video operator - options can be talked through with your funeral director.
Sometimes locations or venues can make it hard for a stream to occur live, in this instance we can use the recording of the service and then uploaded to the Hope and Sons live stream system. This means that it will not be streamed live but that it can then be accessed by others in the same way a livestream would be, and it would be available for 90 days following the service.
Your funeral director will be able to advise you on the recommended options based on location, venue, and timings to ensure you get the best result on the day.