In 1999, George Velasco had a feeling of helplessness as he stood in a funeral home paying his final respects to a family friend. “I remember wishing there was some way I could be of service to the family in this time of need, but I didn’t know exactly what it was that I could offer”. In the following days, this thought remained on his mind as he reflected upon photographs of his friend he’d seen on a picture board that the funeral home provided that day.
Public praise for the new program has been high. According to a 2000 study by Maritz Marketing Research Inc., more than 60 percent of adult Americans (approximately 120 million people) are intrigued by their family roots. The program is a “time-capsule” that can be passed on to generations to come. Our lives are so much more than the little dash between two numbers on a tombstone. It is a celebration of life.
All of the programs have a musical selection that accompany the slide show and can also include biographies, audio clips of favorite songs, video clips or tributes from friends and relatives.