Planning A Tribute

Planning a Tribute

When planning a tribute to a loved one, here are some of the types of questions which can help. Not all of the questions will be relevant in all cases but this is only intended as a guide.

  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents names and occupations
  • Where was childhood spent
  • Did (s)he have any brothers or sisters
  • What schools were attended
  • Any further education or professional qualifications
  • Occupation(s)
  • Was (s)he married and, if so, to whom
  • Where and when did they meet
  • Where did they live at the time and where since
  • Details of grandchildren, great-grandchildren etc.
  • Outside of work what hobbies or interests did (s)he have
  • Was (s)he a member of any club
  • Did pets play a big part in his/her life
  • Where have holidays been spent over the years
  • Has the persons health affected their life
  • Did (s)he have any special likes or dislikes
  • What are your favourite memories of him/her
  • How is (s)he best described

Each tribute is a highly personalized composition and there may well be other aspects of the person’s life which would not come out through the above questions. Planning a tribute should not be like an interview, it should be like a conversation about the person’s life but I hope that the above topics give some food for thought.

Richard J.W. Binks
Member of the Institute of Civil Funerals