The loss of a parent can push entire families into mourning. Not only are you grieving the loss of your mother or father, but your kids are also working through the death of a grandparent. Your cousins, nieces, and nephews are all struggling with this loss as well. Fortunately, you can preserve family memories while also sharing them with your relatives. By digitizing photos and video recordings of your parents, whether it be on your own or through a photo-scanning company, you can remember your parents after death and share your favorites with everyone else who loved them as well.

There are multiple ways to preserve family memories for future generations. Follow these steps to make sure everyone can contribute their mementos and easily share the images and videos with each other.

1. Ask Your Family Members to Collect Their Memories

The first step to remembering parents after death and preserving family memories is to let your relatives know that you are starting this project. A few of your family members might be eager to help you collect and curate family photos and videos of your parents. 

This is also a good time to expand your family history project beyond your parents. By digitizing your memories now, you will have these images for decades without worrying about losing them to wear and sun damage.  

Regardless of where your family members live, ask them to collect their photos and videos of your parents and other family members. Go through closets, drawers, and storage areas to find where rolls of film or albums are hidden. You might be surprised by the sheer number of photos your parents and relatives have collected over the years. 

2. Pull Together Film, Videotapes, and Other Media 

As you work to preserve family memories, know that you aren’t limited to photos. Over the years, you and your parents likely collected memories in a variety of formats. Online, you have smartphone video footage, voice recordings, and digital photos. However, you might also have endless VHS tapes from your old 90s camcorder. You likely have print photos and even 35 mm slides with important family memories. All of these mementos can come together to form a timeline of your family’s history.

The best way to complete this project to preserve family memories is to collect and digitize all of your mementos at once. You don’t want to drag out the work where you scan photos during one month and then sort through VHS recordings later on.  

3. Digitize Your Memories In One Format 

The main reason why you are pulling together all of your memories at once is so you can turn them all into one, easy-to-access, format. Does your TV still have a VHS player? Do you know where you can get film developed? If the answer to these questions is no, then you could risk losing some of your favorite family memories forever. 

Even if you know how to access older technology, younger generations do not. Your kids or grandkids might not even know what floppy disks are, much less what they are used for.

Once everyone in your family has pulled together your photos, videos, and slides, send them to Memory Fortress. We have industry-leading technology that allows us to quickly scan and preserve family memories – even when they are the most sensitive of images. Our team can work quickly to complete your project in a few business days, which means your digitization project can be completed much sooner than expected.  

4. Create a Hub to Store These Memories 

Once our team at Memory Fortress completes your digitization project, you can easily preserve family memories in one format and in one place. You can organize your memories by year or event so your family members can easily find any photos or videos they are looking for. 

Consider creating a central hub where your relatives can find these digital photos and videos. For example, you can store the memories in a Google Drive, so your family members (no matter where they live) can always look up the photos they care about. You can also look into services by Dropbox to store your photos

The steps you take to organize your family memories can outlive you. Your children can continue to upload family events to this storage hub and continue building your family history. You never have to worry about your family memories getting lost during a move or accidentally damaged in storage.

5. Share Family Memories as Often as You Can

Your family memories aren’t meant to be hidden away in an attic storage bin or digitally lost in your computer files. The best way to preserve family memories is to share them as often as you can and to continue telling the stories behind the photos and videos

There are multiple ways to share your photos and videos online with other family members. Post photos on Facebook and Instagram with captions highlighting what is in the image. Your children might have no idea that their grandfather served in the Vietnam War until you upload photos of your dad in uniform. 

Images, videos, and other mementos help us preserve family memories, but stories keep these memories alive. Now you can easily access images from decades of family history to make sure your parents continue to live in your heart and in the minds of your relatives. 

Take Steps to Preserve Family Memories Today

Losing a parent (or both parents) can be incredibly difficult. It is understandable that you need time to grieve and process this loss. In some cases, you have to relearn what your world looks like without a parent there to guide you. Fortunately, you can preserve family memories so you remember your favorite events and traits of your parents after their death.

When you are ready, gather your family memories and send them to Memory Fortress. You don’t need to know exactly how many photos and videos you are sending, an estimate is fine. You also don’t have to pay for your project in advance. All we ask is for a $29 deposit so our staff can know to expect your prints and tapes. 

Click the Order Now button to send us your photos and videos or learn more about our process and pricing to plan out your project.

Michael B. – “Our large digital photo scanning job was handled with great care from start to finish. Keith and his team stayed in constant communication throughout the process. I will be using Memory Fortress for our future projects.”

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