100 Ways to Tribute

by Lynn Isenberg Posted on January 28, 2011

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Like Paul Simon’s song, “50 Ways to Leave your Lover,” there are “100 Ways to Tribute”.  Remember, “tributes” are about LIFE. They are the invisible glue of “friends, family, and community” and represent life cycles that we have the honor to celebrate. They can highlight moments that help shape a life with self-esteem to go forth in confidence like honoring a child for winning a spelling bee contest! They also represent the act of paying respect to the contributions one has made in life. In short, tributes help define our purpose in life. So here’s a list of ways “to tribute!”

1)  Create a Shutterfly Tribute Photo Book – a heartfelt expression of words and images for a special occasion or for no occasion at all which is sometimes even more powerful and meaningful because it’s completely unexpected and the receiver will have no expectations or preconceived notions associated with it.
2)  Create a Self-Honoring Shutterfly Tribute Photo Book – an empowering and healing opportunity for growth, awareness, learnings, and acknowledgments.
3)  Create a Tribute Share Site – your own “community” site that you can update as you please by sharing images, video, journals, music, and blogs within your private circle of friends and family on Shutterfly where it’s easy to do.
4)  Make a Tribute Calendar – a great way to pay homage on a monthly basis! Let your creativity fly. Create a calendar of images and under each photo’s heading begin with words like “In Honor of Your Heart,” then with a photo of them giggling “In Honor of Your Laughter,” followed by a photo of them with a cheek-to-cheek grin “In Honor of Your Smile,” then an image of them cooking with “In Honor of Your Inner Chef,” … you get the picture (pun intended).
5)  Make a Tribute Greeting Card – a beautiful reminder for someone to receive in their mailbox or inbox. Simply celebrate the joy and gratitude you have for someone who has made or is making a significant contribution to your life’s journey.
6)  Make a Photo Gift Tribute – by honoring someone with a photo and text on a t-shirt, mug, or mouse pad. Simply take an image or a quote or write your own words that represents the person or pet, and put them on an object that relates to them. For example, if your dad loves coffee put your image and words on a coffee mug. If your son is obsessed with computers put an image on a mouse pad.  If your daughter loves to read, put an image of her reading a book on a book tote bag.  With Shutterfly it’s simple to tributize an everyday product that makes it special. Choose the things that they like. It’s an opportunity to practice the art of thoughtfulness.  And you can make it a weekly, monthly, or yearly act of gratitude and recognition—which not only brings about a beautiful sense of appreciation to the receiver but it also brings a beautiful gift of giving to the heart of the giver – and that’s a healthful thing to do!

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

The Tribute Network announces the first annual online Tribute Video Festival commencing June 1 – December 1, 2011. Visit www.TheTributeNetwork.com 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:

    These are really great tips and ideas. I’m going to get busy and create some tribute memories. Thanks for this article Lynn.

  2. BarbaraJ Says:

    You have some really great ideas for tributes. So many people need to be considered for a tribute, good thought!

  3. AnnAbbott Says:

    Let others know who special they are is what it is all about. Saying thank you for making my life better by just being you has to be the best thing anyone could hear.

  4. kniewohner Says:

    These are all great ideas. I think that bringing to light those in our lives that have made an impact on us is essential to a great friendship or family. Thanks for all the wonderful ways to show how special others are to us!

  5. TonetteB Says:

    I have made tons of gifts to honor special people or animals in my life. Last week, I made my son Joe and daughter Marina a desk calendar of our sweet chocolate lab Bella who is 9 years old. Since we are relocationg and moving from a house we own in NY to an apartment in Indiana we will have to find a new home for Bella. Its is going to be such a heartbreaking ordeal since we had Bella since she was 6 weeks old and Bella is such a huge part of our family. The calendar will hopefully help bring a smile to my kids faces when they see photos of Bella when they are missing her. I hope it will bring my kids a little comfort throughout the year.

    I loved the idea of making a Tribute Calendar in the article and doing the “In honor of….” theme throughout the months:

    “Make a Tribute Calendar – a great way to pay homage on a monthly basis! Let your creativity fly. Create a calendar of images and under each photo’s heading begin with words like “In Honor of Your Heart,” then with a photo of them giggling “In Honor of Your Laughter,” followed by a photo of them with a cheek-to-cheek grin “In Honor of Your Smile,” then an image of them cooking with “In Honor of Your Inner Chef,” … you get the picture (pun intended).”

    Thanks for all the helpful tips and ideas! :)

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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