Photographs are more than just pieces of paper or scraps of data; they’re memories of a special person, place, or time. Once a loved one has passed, finding ways to preserve these memories becomes more important than ever. From hanging a frame behind your desk to setting up a photo memorial in your home, keeping these photos in our lives helps make sure that the people in them are not forgotten.
The shoeboxes full of photos in the back of your closet are likely gone, replaced by snapshots from your phone, digital camera, or even your laptop’s webcam. Having your memories as digital files opens up a variety of opportunities to create a professional looking memorial that you can frame and treasure for years to come.
Design an Album
Shutterfly offers a variety of ways to turn your digital photos into physical products, from mugs to cards to framed collages. If you have a lot of photos, you can also design and order a professionally printed and bound photo album. The service allows you to choose your photo layout, select from a variety of backgrounds, and even add text and decorations. You can also choose from a variety of album sizes and page counts, allowing you to create a memorial exactly the size you want.
Frame a Memorial Collage
Framed photos are often one of the best ways to remember a loved one; but sometimes, it’s hard to choose just one image. Snapfish and CropMom are two of many sites that allow you to compile a group of photos into a single, high-quality image. On Snapfish, you can order as many prints as you want for a fairly low cost, while on CropMom you can download a file to share with friends and family. This is also a great idea for building a funeral collage to display at the funeral or memorial service.
Share a Digital Photo Memorial
Another way to remember your loved ones is through a permanent digital memorial. Sites like Forever Missed let you make a searchable webpage for someone who has passed. You can upload photos, add descriptions, and even let other friends and family members share their memories. These sites often have a fee, but if your family members live long distances apart, the digital memorial can be well worth it.
If you’re looking for a free option, Facebook allows you to memorialize the accounts of loved ones who have passed away. These pages will only be visible to pre-existing friends and family, which allows for a more private way to remember and mourn.
Bonus Tip: If you still have that shoebox full of old photos sitting around, services like Scan Digital will turn them into digital files – and return the original photos to you intact.
Memorial Photo Crafts
If you enjoy crafting and DIY projects, you can also make your own photo memorial collage by hand. These ideas are just a few ways to display your memories; don’t be afraid to get creative!
Not Just a Ship in a Bottle
Mantelpieces make a great place to set up a small memorial, whether you place an urn, a framed photograph, or a few trinkets. One creative way to display photos of your loved one is by placing them in glass bottles or jars. The lidded jar protects the photo from wear and tear, and creates a unique display for your memory. If there’s enough room, you can also add a dried flower, small toy, or other item to the jar.
Make a Photo Wreath
Wreaths aren’t just for pine branches and holiday ornaments; you can also use them to display memories of your loved ones. For this project, collect a wooden wreath base and a variety of small photo frames. After you’ve filled the frames with your favorite images, use strong wire to attach them to the wreath. You can also add bows or other decorations; when you’re done, you’ll have a beautiful keepsake to hang on your wall.
Photo Memorial Urns
You can also place your photo directly on a memorial urn. The custom photo urn acts as a permanent frame, allowing you to cherish your memories for years to come.
Une Belle Vie currently offers two photo frame urns. If you have something else in mind, let us know – we can always create a custom urn for your loved one.