Kinwood Commemorative Films

Leave memories, not condolences.

The Old Way

The funeral industry has not caught up to society’s changing values and attitudes. Families have limited options when it comes to modern commemoration.

The New Way

Kinwood is a new option for families who don’t want typical funeral services. Our products are rooted in the authenticity of real voices telling real stories.

Kinwood offers clients an opportunity to recount the love, memories, and stories of an important life.

Kinwood is New

Kinwood combines filmed interviews with family photography, home movies, cell phone video, news clippings to produce beautiful commemorative films and family heirlooms.

Grandchildren should hear about important family history. Kinwood films lead with anecdotes and include quirks, humour, accomplishments, values, and inspiration.

Our Reviews

“There truly is no better option for this type of service. Jeff and his team are top notch, in every possible capacity. Talented, conscientious, careful, committed to every detail, and execution of the highest possible caliber. We are so happy that we picked these professionals. Their services have produced a lasting impact on our family and my father’s legacy.
Thank you a thousand times.”


This was a fantastic experience! I am not generally comfortable in front of a camera, but the folks at Kinwood made the process fun and not intimidating! The interviewer did an amazing job, and the camerawork, editing and production of the final product was simply awesome. I was very pleased with everything from start to finish and would definitely recommend Kinwood


Our Commemorative Film Program.

When speaking to someone in grief, say something specific about the person and the importance of their life. Leave memories – not condolences. Packages starting at $1895.


Our premium film service includes:

  • Broadcast quality equipment
  • In person – on location interviews
  • B-roll filming
  • Premium location experience (lunch, snacks, drinks)
  • Pre-production plan (what to wear, how to prepare)

Your final film will look and feel like a TV or movie production.


Custom Films also include:

  • 6-10 interviews with friends and family: 30-45 mins each.
  • Up to 300 photographs (to digitize and touch up)
  • Cell phone / home videos to incorporate.
  • Biographical study
  • Speaker scheduling
  • Post: Music / titles / slates / credits
  • Client editing: 3 rounds
  • Final film – approx. 25-35 mins in length
  • Film completion 7-10 days after interviews completed

Fees begin at $3995


Our premium film approach – with interviews recorded on laptops:

  • Best for families who live in different cities
  • Faster production turnaround
  • Lower quality interview footage
  • Lower cost

For many families, this option is a trade-off between premium production values vs the convenience of remote interviews. Laptops less than 4 years old are required for remote interviews.


“Cloud” Films also include: 

A package to help with set-up, what to wear, how to prepare

  • 4-8 interviews with friends and family: 30-45 mins each.
  • Up to 200 photographs (to digitize and touch up)
  • Cell phone / home videos to incorporate.
  • Biographical study
  • Speaker scheduling
  • Post: Music / titles / slates / credits
  • Client editing: 2 rounds
  • Final film – approx. 15-25 mins in length
  • Film completion 4-6 days after interviews completed

Fees Begin at $1,895


There are many ways to engage others in the screening and participation of the film:

  • Share it online: Kinwood provides you with a shareable webpage to watch the film. Kinwood can post it on YouTube or Facebook or make the film private to limit its viewing to a smaller group.
  • Clips played at an event: Kinwood film clips have been the foundation for numerous Celebration of Life events and is a great way to engage a group of guests. Typically a speaker would eulogize then introduce a clip.
  • Guest Memories: Many guests at a Celebration event would embrace the chance to leave memories captured on film. This content is added to the final film.  Ask us for more information.
  • Group Projects: Do you wish to “do something” to commemorate a life?  Do you have 5-8 friends who want to contribute to a Kinwood film?  Ask us how.
  • Screening: Many clients want to share their film with a private screening for family and friends. Kinwood has the equipment for a quality screening at your home – or we can find a venue to share your film.

Just ask – we have options that will work for your situation.

Common Questions

Why a Kinwood Commemorative Film?

For 200 years families commemorated lives through a personalized headstone and casket.  Today, a large majority of North Americans are choosing a cremation vs a burial – and this trend has deprived families of choices on how they commemorate a life.

Kinwood understands that families and friends want to “do something” to honour a life.  This is it.  Part family history, part commemoration, A Kinwood Commemorative Film becomes an instant heirloom.


How does this work?

Kinwood makes it simple.  You provide photos, video and 4-8 names for us to interview.  Kinwood film editors take the interview footage, photos, home movies, cell phone video and produce a beautiful 15–30-minute commemorative film that will remain in the family forever.

What else do I need to know?

Clients LOVE the final product. The film becomes a gift for a grieving spouse or family member – and it’s watched often.  It’s both a modern family heirloom and a rewarding experience.

Kinwood clients have cherished the opportunity to leave the memories and stories of a loved one.  Kinwood now offers a cloud option to capture interviews via videoconferencing. Kinwood enables clients to do something meaningful to honour an important life.

I don't like to talk on camera

We hear that sometimes. Kinwood sends speakers a package on how to prepare and what to wear.  We create a warm and welcome space to share personal feelings and stories. Kinwood will ask you thoughtful questions so you can share your reflections without preparing or pressure.

Kinwood now offers a Cloud Film – and we can capture your interview over a laptop, in the comfort of your own home.

Know that our editors only use the best interview clips making sure everyone looks good.

Will others want to participate in an interview?

Past clients will say that choosing friends and family members is the hardest part of the project. Most everyone will want to participate and embrace the chance to tell future family members why their loved one was loved.

After a death, people want to “do something,” and leaving memories and stories is a meaningful way to contribute. Kinwood’s questions make it easy to talk and focus on what’s important.

Ok, that makes sense. What else needs to be done?

We need photos of your loved one – the more the better. If you have cell phone video, we can use that too. Pick 4-10 speakers, and Kinwood will reach out and take care of everything. We will also digitize paper photos for the project. If you have old home movies or Kodak slides, we can incorporate them too.  Ask us how.

Can I play the film at a Celebration of Life?

Yes! Kinwood films and film clips have been the foundation for numerous celebration of life events.

A Kinwood film can be a great way to unite guests and recognize the details of the life being celebrated. Often times a speaker will offer a brief eulogy, then introduce a 3-minute clip of “Jerry Growing Up.”  Guests are often blown-away.

Just ask – we have options that will work for your situation.


We can always do it in the future, so maybe we will think about it for now?

Yes, there is no time limit. But know the best Kinwood films are made in the days and weeks after a loss. Feelings are strong, memories are clear. We advise that if you are going to do it – do it soon.

It’s kind of expensive?

Families who want a minimalist approach might say its extravagant. No one can say it’s not without value. Clients understand that Kinwood films are forever.

I might be interested… how can I keep the costs down?

Kinwood has built a studio at the Westminster Funeral and Reception Centre in North York. Filming interviews in our studio is a good way to keep costs down.

Also, Kinwood recently launched a “Cloud” Film option – which is often a trade-off between premium production values vs the convenience of remote interviews. It’s also our least expensive option.

What are your geographic boundaries?

We don’t have geographic boundaries. If you have a newish laptop and decent wifi – we can do this from anywhere.  Ask us how.

How can I start a discussion?

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