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Creating a Lasting Legacy to Honor Your Loved One
Despite the pain, our lives are better and richer because our loved one was and still is part of our lives. Creating a legacy to honor your loved one not only helps you move through your grief but can help you live a better life. While it may seem emotionally challenging, it celebrates their achievements and legacy. It may also help you process the grief experienced after your loved one’s has gone. What you gain though by doing this is a gift that far outweighs the challenge. You will know that your loved one is still impacting the world. Even in death, they are still influencing and helping others. Through The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation, people will know about your loved one and how special they were. They will talk about them and remember them.
Important Things To Remember
When submitting an online obituary, memorial or tribute message, we understand it can feel like a heavy responsibility; while it is a difficult and often heart-wrenching task, it can also be a healing balm for your grief. Consider that the online obituary, or memorial / tribute message does two things: notifies the public of the facts surrounding the life and passing of the deceased and shares a biographical sketch of someone you knew intimately and for whom you cared deeply.
If you approach it correctly, writing an obituary, or memorial / tribute message can be your way of saying goodbye, while holding on to beautiful memories.
Spend Time with Memories
Remember your favorite times with the person about whom you are writing.
- What did you love most about them?
- What were things that made you laugh, and most that made you most proud?
- Think also of what they treasured; did they have any hobbies?
- Did they keep a particular cause close to their heart?
Talk to Others
You are not the only person whose life and heart were touched by this person; consider reaching out to other family members and friends who might have something they would love to share. Beyond giving you inspiration for the obituary, this is a wonderful way to get to know more about your deceased loved one.
Write Everything Down
Before thinking about structure or your message, throw down all of these wonderful memories and facts that you have gathered. Please include as much as possible about his / her military service. This can be as simple as key words that strike a memory or as organized as a bulleted list.
Write Your Message From The Heart
Ultimately there is no “right” or “wrong” information to include in your message. You will be most successful if you write simply and truthfully. By putting down memories, meaningful anecdotes and personal characteristics, you will be sharing a piece of your loved one with the world. On your requests, The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation copywriters will assist and proof your writing before submission.
Submitting an Obituary, Memorial, Tribute or Birthday Message
It is usually advised that an obituary, or memorial / tribute message should be submitted 2-3 days prior to any public service or gathering so that guests have the opportunity to make plans to attend, inform family, friends and to prepare them all for the love they will receive from The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation and it's loyal members and supporters.