The use of multimedia in a eulogy is becoming more and more common. Having photos scrolling behind the speaker, short video clips at various points in the eulogy and music playing in the background are all examples of how using multimedia in a eulogy can make it more special, memorable and touching.
There are some things that you will need to do if you want to use multimedia in a eulogy.
Check with the Venue
While more and more churches and other facilities have upgraded sound and video systems, some do not. One of the first things you will need to do is check with the location where the service is to be held to see if they can accommodate the use of multimedia. Even if they do not have the equipment, check to see if you can bring in what you will need. Most locations will allow this, but it is always best to check.
You also want to make sure that everyone present will be able to see and hear the multimedia. For very large services in which an overflow room may be used, this could include having a screen on which the multimedia can be displayed in the overflow room.
Gather Music, Video, Photos
Once you know that you will be able to include multimedia, it is time to start gathering the photos, video and music that you might want to use. One especially touching eulogy that included multimedia was at a child’s funeral. Throughout the eulogy, the speaker would pause and video that included the child laughing or singing was played.
Gather as much as you can. You don’t have to use it all, but the more you have to choose from the better.
Tell a Story
Once you have all of the media gathered, you will need to decide how to present it. One option is to use the various pieces of media to tell a story of the person’s life. That doesn’t mean that you tell the whole life story in a eulogy, but instead you can present a slice of his or her life. One site we really like for eulogies is EulogiesMadeEasy.com.
Check the Timing
As is the case with all eulogies, practice is very important. When using multimedia, it is even more important. You need to practice so that you can be sure the timing of your speaking and the multimedia aspects of the eulogy are correct. Also, it will ensure that there are no long pauses and other issues.
Incorporating multimedia in a eulogy is one more way to remember the person being eulogized in a way that will touch the hearts of all who are present.