How to write a tribute for your father

24 January 2018 • Online Obituaries

How to write a tribute for your Father

When writing a tribute to a father, there are many images that come to mind. He can be a provider, a teacher, a friend, a pillar of strength, a role model, a leader, an exemplary man or husband, and many others. A father plays various roles for his children during his lifetime. 

Writing a tribute to your father is a chance for you to honor him, praise him, and celebrate the life he lived. It’s also an opportunity for you to appreciate his role in your life and the kind of relationship you have nurtured with him through the years.

What is a Tribute

A tribute is an act that expresses gratitude or respect. Unlike a eulogy that’s usually delivered during funerals, tributes can be read or given at any time. That means you can give your deceased father a tribute on special occasions like family reunions, holiday gatherings, his birthday, or the anniversary of his death. You can think of a tribute as a gift that you give to the person as a way to convey your appreciation and admiration.

Tips for Writing the Tribute 

1. Start with a theme. The theme will help you set the direction of your tribute. It can be humorous and lighthearted, religious, sentimental, or artistic. Artistic tributes usually include poems, songs, and dances. 

2. Give a specific introduction. It can be about your relationship with him, how he is to his friends and coworkers, or about his special skills. Think of one to two positive traits that you remember about your father and narrate two specific circumstances that prove these traits. 

3. Tell a story. A tribute isn’t an obituary where you just list down the person’s biographical details and accomplishments. It should tell a story about your father’s life, about the kind of relationship that you have with him, and about the good things he has done for you. Think of the ways he made a positive impact in your life.

4. Make a list of all his good characteristics. Remember that a tribute is also a way for you to praise your late father. Think of all the good things he has done in his lifetime. What were his career accomplishments? How did he help others? What were his passions and projects? What were the greatest life lessons he taught you? How has helped you overcome challenges in your career or personal life? Avoid including negative details or family secrets that might embarrass the deceased.

5. Choose your voice. There are two ways you can write your tribute. You can write as if you’re talking or writing directly to your father or you can write it from the point of view of a narrator who is telling a story about the person. You can also choose the tone. 

6. End with a message. Tributes are usually ended with a message of love and thanks to your father. This is also the time to express appreciation for people who have been a part of your father’s life. Thank the people who have helped your father or made your father happy when he was still alive. 

After giving a tribute, people will often approach you and tell you anecdotes about your father. If you want to preserve memories about him, you can create an online memorial book and invite people to write their stories and messages to your father and the family here.  

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