Memorializing Your Loved One
If you're preparing a eulogy, an obituary, or are looking for ideas for a MemoryBox online memorial, click here for Cremstar's Memorializing Your Loved One Guide. It features a comprehensive roster of questions you can use while interviewing a loved one. Or, answer the questions yourself to ensure you're remembered accurately and with dignity.
MemoryBox is the nation's premier memorialization website and digital cemetery. With a MemoryBox memorial, you, your family and friends can post and share photos and memories of your lost loved one, simply, from any device, and from anywhere in the world. (NOTE: Every Cremstar cremation comes with a complimentary MemoryBox online memorial!)
According to Dr. Clay Routledge, world-renowned expert in the psychology of nostalgia, memory and death:
"Study after study has shown that nostalgia acts as a psychological resource that helps people cope with life's stressors and uncertainties, resulting in increased positive mood, self-esteem, feelings of belongingness, and perceptions of meaning in life. If you're a family member or friend of someone who's dying, or of someone who has recently passed, MemoryBox can help you cope with your loss more effectively, delivering real clinical benefits."
You may also consider videotaping the interview using a smartphone or some other digital recording device and then uploading the recording to YouTube. For easy access, you can then link this YouTube video to the Featured Image of your MemoryBox online memorial. (NOTE: You can select a URL to which you can link your Featured Image when you first set up an online memorial Memory, or do so by clicking on Edit if the Memory already exists.)
Smartphones and digital cameras are great for video interviews, and you can use video-editing software like iMovie to edit the clips later. But consider getting a tabletop tripod for the phone or camera (often less than $25) to stabilize the recording and free you up to interact more with your subject.
If you're serious about sound quality, an external microphone can also improve your interview. A good small clip-on lapel (lavaliere) microphone for smartphone or camera—like the Rode SmartLav+ or the Boya BY-M1—costs $20 to $60 and can make your subjects more at ease than a hand-held mic shoved in their faces.
If you prefer not to load up your phone's storage, a pocket digital voice recorder is an alternative. Check out the Sony UX560 model, which can record up to 39 hours of MP3 audio and has a USB connector for moving the files to the computer.
Recording directly onto the laptop with an external microphone (like a podcast) is another way to capture the spoken-word history. Free software like the cross-platform Audacity or GarageBand for iOS can also be used to edit the interviews.
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