Tips on How to Create a Tribute Card

by Lynn Isenberg Posted on May 02, 2011

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Creating a Tribute Card is a wonderful gift. It’s an opportunity to support someone who is experiencing loss. The key to creating a tribute card is to:

1. Focus on the essence of the person or pet who has passed away and the joy that emanated from them to others.

2. Choose one word that defines their essence. For example, “funny”, “kind,” “gentle,” “sweet”, “loving”, “thoughtful,” “creative,” “inventive,” etc.

3. Share a story that includes the essence defined above. Ask yourself:

a. What was it about this person or pet that I admired most?
b. What was it about this person or pet that made me smile?
c. What was it about this person or pet that inspired me to be a better person?
d. What was it about this person or pet that contributed to my appreciation of life?

4. Share an image that represents the essence defined above. For example, if they were always smiling and upbeat, then a photo of their smile. If they loved the theatre, then include a photo of Broadway. If they loved to cook, add a photo of a chef’s hat. If they loved The Beatles, include the lyrics from their favorite Beatles’ song. If they loved summer thunderstorms, add a comment about that, too.

5. Remember that a tribute card can help transform energy around mourning a death to celebrating a life!

A tribute card is a special creation of heartfelt thoughts and pictures carefully blended together to honor the people, pets, and experiences that make us who we are and that give us reason to acknowledge others for their positive contributions.  To Life!

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. BarbaraJ Says:

    This is a great idea. I made one for my daddy for his funeral with a poem I wrote just to him. We still open it at times and everyone that attended received a copy. Great article.

  2. Joey Says:

    Lynn, I really like this idea. I have friends who have lost their parents or friends who have lost their spouse. I always like them to know I’m thinking of them and this is such a perfect idea. Its something small but a way for the person to know they are on your mind.
    Thanks for sharing this!

  3. AnnAbbott Says:

    Seeing your loved on in a photo makes them always feel like they are still with you. I have used photos over the years to remember my father who I lost at the age of 9. I understand how powerful an image caught in time can be. It can turn a tear in to a smile.

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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