How to Write a Tribute For A
How to Write a Tribute for a Deceased
What Is A Tribute?
We are familiar with the word ‘tribute’ since school days; but do we really know the meaning
which underlines the concept? Here are a few definitions:
A tribute is something that you do, say, or build to show that you respect and admire someone
Saying or doing anything in admiration of; or to show regard and respect for a person, you pay
tributes. A tribute is a clear indication of the abilities and achievements of an individual. For
instance, you pay tribute to soldiers for protecting your country from attack of enemies. You pay
tribute to Shakespeare for his genius. Read More.
Four Points You Need To Ponder Before Writing A Tribute
Before you begin to write a tribute, you must take some time out and think over the following
four areas. Once you have the answers, the process of tribute writing becomes simplified.
- How did you come close to the deceased?
- What do you think people admire about the relationship which you and the deceased shared?
Instructions For Writing A Tribute
Follow the steps mentioned below to learn what is required and not required in a tribute.
Your Relation To The Deceased
Start off by describing how you are related to the deceased. If the deceased is your spouse or a
close friend, mention how and when you two met.
Traits Of The Deceased
Describe the traits of the deceased which have impressed you the most and how do you think his
qualities have an impact on your life. You can also mention how this person has changed your
life and helped you in becoming the person you are today. Support this point by giving examples.
Achievements Of The Deceased
Give an account of the achievements of the person. List down all the good things he or she has
done in life and how each of these actions had benefitted others. For instance, looking after
orphans, taking care of the disabled, providing shelter to the homeless, paying tuition fee etc.
You can also talk about intangible achievements, if any.
Share your memories with the deceased by telling a story. The story can either be humorous or
touching; depending on what you think will involve the audience. Make sure that whatever you
share should not be offensive. Highlight why you think a particular event or incident will always
be important to you. For instance, you can talk about the college memories, how the deceased
guided you in a situation, a driving experience, laughing afternoons, the little things he or she has
done for your benefit etc.
Useful Tips For Writing A Tribute
- Be honest and focus only on the positive characteristics.
- Make use of humor if it sets on the personality of the deceased.
- Make sure that your speech does not exceed ten to fifteen minutes; the audience may lose
interest. Read More.
The following examples will give you a good idea of what needs to be expressed in a tribute.
Most of what Richard had to say included how he was able to perceive my personality in my
writing style and how I could tie personal characteristics into the themes to deepen my plots. See
Sources for Inspiration And Help
- A Labour of Love: How to Write a Eulogy” by Garry Schaeffer
- “The Book of Eulogies: A Collection of Memorial Tributes, Poetry, Essays, and Letters of
Condolence” by Phyllis Theroux (editor). Check more references Here.
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