Precious Memories and More was founded
by Catherine Parvensky Barwell and Anna Pridgen after
loosing their brother at the age of 44 following a short
battle with cancer in 2002. The pain and grief encountered
was unbearable. During the grieving process, Catherine created
a PowerPoint® presentation of photos throughout
his life and set to the music that he had recorded.
This was played continuously at the funeral home during
visitation and it was amazing how much solace friends and family members received from watching
the presentation. Through that experience, came the start a company whose main purpose was to help
others through the grieving process by keeping their
loved ones close to them.
Catherine already had a website design and multimedia publishing company, Integrated Learning Technology, and used her knowledge and experience to design and develop the best combination of online memorials and memorial prints
available. She felt it important that each memorial be personally created rather than deployed by a database
driven template where your memorial looks like everyone
else's. Rather she wanted to offer a special gift just for
you. Your loved one was a unique individual; their memorial should be as well.
In 2005, Anna decided to leave the business and focus on other areas of her life.
Your loss is what this business is all
about. We have three different ways for you to memorialize
a loved one. Precious Memorials™ are memorial
videos created with photographs of your loved one
in happy times. The pictures are transferred to a
video tape with a beautiful sunset on the beach in
the background. The soothing music and waves take
you to a time and place before your loss. These videos
can be made available to be shown at the Funeral Home
or Church during visitation. They are such a comfort
to family and friends when there are truly no words
that can heal your aching heart. They are also a special
keepsake for you and your family to keep those memories
frozen in time to treasure forever.
We also offer online memorials where
friends and family around the world can access a website
specially designed for your loved one. It is a special
way for everyone to come together and pay tribute
to a very special life without leaving their home.
These memorials can include a Photo Album, Biography,
Gift Page and a Guest Book as well as one or more
Tribute Pages with a poem especially selected for
your loved one. There are different packages for you
to chose or you can customize exactly what you want
your tribute to be. This tribute is also a way to
keep your loved one as close as your PC. Birthdays
and special occasions will come and go. Now you can
have a place to add your thoughts to the memorial
like sending a special card or note. Each Online Memorial
has its own web address. Your Tribute is not
displayed in a commercial alphabetical search from
a main page where anyone can invade the privacy of
your thoughts and memories. Your loved one is one
of a kind. We feel their memorial should also be.
We also have a special gift section
where we custom design printed tributes which can
be framed and displayed in order to keep your loved
one's memories close to you. Each one is customized
with the name of your loved one. These are perfect
gifts for the families that are grieving in lieu of
traditional flowers. Unlike flowers, these keepsakes
last forever. They can also be made available to be
placed on an easel by the casket during visitation.
There is a large selection to choose from so you can
make your special gift perfect for your special person.
In the end, the prime focus of Precious Memories
and More is you. Some people cross our path in life
and some leave their mark. Then there are the ones
that change our lives forever. These memorials are
dedicated to the people in our lives that have made
our lives worth living. Precious Memories and More is dedicated to
the Memory of our loving brother and very special
friend, Emil Paul Parvensky. May he rest in peace
and know that he lives in our hearts forever.