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General Info: Creating Meaningful Memorialization

 Video Tribute

Iles Funeral Homes is pleased to announce our ability to produce Video Tributes for the families we serve. A Video Tribute can contain photographs and a soundtrack to capture the memories of a life lived that can be produced on a DVD and enjoyed for years to come. Reaction from families suggests that the video tribute will be long considered a family treasure. Technology allows us to take small pictures difficult to view and have them fill a television screen. We think you may be amazed at what we can do with pictures you provide. If you are interested in this service, please read the directions below for more information.

  1. Collect pictures: A Video Tribute is assembled using up to a maximum of 60* pictures, which span the life of your loved one. The first step is to collect the pictures you wish to use for the Video Tribute. These pictures can also be used in preparing a memory board. 
  2. *Additional pictures beyond 60 are not recommended because the length becomes too great for most viewers. For families who would like to include more than 60 photos, a fee of $5 per additional photo will be charged. 

    *Please choose individual photos. Please remove photographs from frames and albums. Photos larger than 8 inches x 12 inches will be cropped.

  3. Put pictures into order: The second step is to put these pictures into a logical order. Many families prefer a chronological order, but we will be glad to assemble the video in any order you desire. We ask that you place an adhesive number (which we will give to you) on the back of each picture, and we will assemble the video in that order.
  4. Musical Selections: We have a library of music from which to choose, or you can provide your own music on a CD. The video will run five to eight minutes, so please select a primary song and perhaps a supplemental song or two to complete the soundtrack. You may also indicate the order of the songs.
  5. Additional Copies: We developed the Video Tribute program to help provide meaningful services to the families we serve. To that end, we produce the video and provide one master copy of the DVD. Many of our families have requested additional copies of the video for other family members and friends. We produce these additional master videos at a nominal cost of $20.00 per DVD, but we ask that you submit your request for additional master videos within two weeks of receiving your first DVD. After this time, a $25.00 processing fee may be assessed to restore the content from archival.
    1.  Memorial Candles

      At Iles Funeral Homes we provide each of our full service families with a Memorial Candle as a tribute to their loved one. The candle is lit at the funeral or memorial service and the candle is given to the family to take home where it continues to give comfort. Many families will light the candle on holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions to commemorate the life that was lived. Additional candles are available for $20.00. 


       Memory Boards

      Many families also like to make a collage of pictures celebrating the life of their loved one in addition to the Video Tribute. If you would like to have both the Video Tribute and Memory Boards, please bring your photos for the video tribute with you when you come to make arrangements. That way we can return them to you within 24 hours, allowing you time create your memory boards and utilize some of the same photos on your memory boards if you wish. Poster boards used to create the memory boards will be made available to the family at the time of the arrangement conference. Click on the image to the left to see an enlarged example of a recent memory board.

       Memorial Folders

      Below are some pictures of memorial folders that have been previously created.  Click on the photos to see an enlarged version of the pictures.

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       Obituary Examples

      Each newspaper has its own rules and fee structures. Currently the Des Moines Register will allow you to write your own obituary and include as much information as you would like. For a standard formatted obituary they charge $4.15 per line. They will allow you to use a black and white photo at no additional charge or a color photo for larger obituaries.  Any obituary that extends beyond 10 column inches will be formatted in the larger bordered style. You are welcome to write the obituary and email it to us in preparation for your arrangement conference. For sample obituaries, please click on the pictures below to see examples of obituaries the Des Moines Register currently offers.


      Emblems: The following popular emblems are available to choose from. Please feel free to request others.

      Deadlines: The deadline to submit obituaries and photos varies by the method of submission.  Fax/Walk-in deadline is 12 noon Monday - Friday for next day publication. Weekend submissions are accepted electonically only. Electronic submission (email or online) deadline is 2 p.m. Monday-Friday on the day prior to the publication, 1 p.m. on Saturday and 12 Noon on Sunday. Holiday hours will differ.

      Rates: Printed obituaries cost $4.30 per line.  All printed obituaries will appear in the statewide edition.

      Multiple Insertions: Obituaries may run more than one day.  The Des Moines Register offers a 35% discount for the second day, and will run the obituary for free on the third day.

      Online: Obituaries are updated daily online and can be viewed for 30 days at Obituaries submission forms can also be found on the Web Site.

       Service Packages and Merchandise

      For more information on our Service Packages and Merchandise, click here.


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