The Self-Honoring Tribute

by Lynn Isenberg Posted on December 21, 2010

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Okay, you’ve created Shutterfly Tribute photo books for spouses, children, grandchildren, for parents and grandparents, for pets and adventures. You’ve become an expert at defining the essence of someone else. But what about YOU? What about honoring who you are and your own inner growth and outer achievements? Doing so has so many benefits!

Not only is it a valuable personal keepsake, it is also a self-nurturing and self-revelatory process and its purpose can be multi-dimensional. Self-Honoring Tribute Books that reveal your authentic self are good for you. They support personal growth and development, help pass on meaningful traditions and legacies, and provide opportunities to heal memories or experiences generated by a photograph.

(Image by LaraH)

Photographs bring us back to who we once were, who we are now, who we are becoming, and how we want to be remembered. They provide us with a way to pay homage to our own life’s journey and to those who have or are helping us on that journey. For with each season comes the opportunity to review, reflect, and honor our choices and experiences in life.

Those experiences are tributes to our achievements, both inner and outer. What a blessing to turn the viewfinder around and get to know who you are in the present, to see how far you’ve come from the past, and to hold space for where you want to be in the future.

Creating a Self-Honoring Tribute photo book is an opportunity to look at our lives in a three act structure like a movie, to highlight the turning points, to release any regrets, to experience positive feelings happy images inspire, to heal the painful ones, and to practice gratitude and compassion for the unique gift of the journey itself. Our tribute book becomes a gift representing the messages we want to impart to ourselves as well as our loved ones.

(Image by PaulaGilarde)

What expression of self do you wish to hold inside the pages of a book? What words and images best express the essence of your soul and your life’s purpose? If you’re not sure of your life’s purpose, that’s okay; the act of creating a self-honoring tribute book may reveal what you could not see before. Consider creating a self-honoring tribute photo book for each year of your life – as an annual review and reminder of your personal growth and outer achievements. Are you on the path of your heart’s desire?

By Author-Brand Strategist & Tribute Expert Lynn Isenberg, “The Funeral Planner” trilogy book series and digital series featuring Joss Stone, and founder of

The Tribute Network announces the first annual online Tribute Video Festival commencing June 1 – December 1, 2011. Visit to honor significant people and pets in our lives by sharing a short tribute video about a person or pet, alive or in spirit, who has made a contribution to your life. Learn more on May 8th when the Tribute Video Festival’s Hollywood Jury reveals more on the “Jackson Horn” reunion show on most Fox Network affiliates across the country. The Tribute Video Festival PSA is brought to you by the Wilbert Foundation, a non-profit organization providing grants and resources to help children deal with trauma and grief.

Lynn’s books and digital videos:

The Funeral Planner
The Funeral Planner Goes To Washington
The Funeral Planner Digital Series
Grief Tributes
Grief Wellness


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  1. Joey Says:

    This is a really great article and a great inspiration to all who want to show others where they were and how they got to where they are now. I did a self-portrait book just for fun and included words of wisdom, words that could be left behind for my nephews and nieces or family members. StaceyD made a really great book on herself and the journaling was excellent. I think I have seen Lara’s book and had that on my to-do list which keeps growing. Great and inspiring article. I have found a new project!!

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    I took the time last year or was it the year before to do a book on me. It start out as just trying to get a new profile photo of myself for the internet and turned into a series of photos that were pretty cool look. All done in Black and White, the book came out pretty good. I am a bit more embarrassed now to look at it than at the time. But it was all done in good fun.

  3. AnnAbbott Says:

    I will however make a book with photographs of myself as a child to give my children a sense of who my parents were. I am an only child and I think this will given my kids a part of their family history from my side of the family.

  4. BarbaraJ Says:

    What a great idea, this would be a great gift for your children! Love this!

more about Lynn Isenberg

My father once told me it's important to attend funerals to support the survivors and equally important to attend celebrations, because those are the times of joy we remember to mitigate the times of sorrow. Connecting is a big part of my DNA. Staying connected diminishes unpleasant feelings of saying good bye to summer camp friends or the grief in watching an Uncle die, the loss of a boyfriend, one’s family of origin, and so on. That's how my life experiences brought me to the epiphany that the antidote to loss is celebration. So I celebrate by connecting, expanding my posse along the way from childhood on up to the University of Michigan and onto LA to be a writer, studio executive, traveler, dot com revolutionary, founder of The Hollywood Literary Retreat, the tribute video and pre-need planning business Lights Out Enterprises, social media site The Tribute Network, and Focus Media, Inc. Under FMI I'm able to create connections through multi-media platforms and brand strategies for elite clients. I have also built a brand of properties inspired by my trilogy of comedy novels The Funeral Planner, The Funeral Planner Goes to Washington, and The Funeral Planner Goes Global. This includes a feature film/TV/digital series, grief guidebooks GRIEF TRIBUTES and GRIEF WELLNESS, and Celebrity Partner to the National Hospice Foundation … stay tuned… To Life, Lynn a.k.a. Maddy

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