A memorial tribute can be a speech that is typically given at a memorial or funeral service. Or, it can be published online on a memorial tribute website. A friend or family member who was close to the individual who passed away usually undertakes the task of writing a tribute. These tributes are one of the nicest ways through which a departed loved one can be honored and remembered by those he or she left behind.
However, a person may be unsure of what items should be included when writing a tribute. Although no one can tell another person exactly what to say when creating a memorial to someone he or she has lost, there are general suggestions that may help the writer to get started. The following are some tips that will make the task a bit easier:
The tribute’s information should be organized into sections. This way when it is read at the service or funeral it will have an appealing flow and cadence. It is also a good idea to select a theme when writing a tribute, and present it in a topical or chronological style.
The latter is a good choice if one prefers the speech to essentially provide a general overview of the person’s life in order of years. If a topical theme is chosen it should be focused on something that defined the individual’s life, such as work ethic, optimism or religious faith or philosophy.
When writing a tribute, regardless of which style is chosen, a nice way to begin is with a short history of the person’s life with its most memorable events highlighted. Achievements, anecdotes, favorite quotes, interests or hobbies can all be included as well. Next, the writer should include the episodes that stand out most in his or her mind.
Recording one’s personal memories of the deceased is also an ideal way to make the memorial special. The writer should think about what he or she most enjoyed about the departed loved one, and add memories to the text that highlight these characteristics. He or she also should include considerable detail within the memorial, such as the person’s favorite color or his or her taste in music. Often, the seemingly insignificant details are the ones that will bring the person to mind in a vivid way, thus achieving the goal of honoring his or her life.
It may also be pleasant to include a description of the deceased person’s favorite television program and his or her reasons for liking that particular show. Additionally, statements about the causes or organizations that the person supported are always appropriate topics for a memorial. The latter is a particularly nice way to honor a departed friend or loved one’s life.
Preparation is essential, specifically because of the emotions associated with the task. Writing a tribute is a meaningful way for a person to show his or her love for deceased friend or relative. It will also help others who are present at the service to grieve as well as to celebrate their loved one’s life.
Updated: January 18, 2012