Earlier this month, Helen Nash released her third cookbook, New Kosher Cuisine: Healthy, Simple & Stylish. Twenty-four years after her last release, Nash was able to once again fulfill her passion for cooking by sharing her knowledge with a new kosher audience. The cookbook was written in memory of her husband of more than 50 years, Jack, who recently passed away. The product of a personal tragedy, New Kosher Cuisine is a heartfelt compilation of recipes Nash used to provide pleasure and nutrition to her ailing husband.
The cookbook consists of recipes that honor the traditions of kosher cooking, but incorporates a modern fusion of new ingredients that were once off limits to kosher cooks. Wasabi powder, miso, panko breadcrumbs, balsamic and rice vinegars, and oils such as truffle and sesame, are just a few of the new ingredients Nash experiments with in her new book. Throughout the development of the recipes, only the dishes that had a true nutritional value and an appeal to the palate and the eye were able to make the cut.
Throughout the cookbook, Nash stresses the use of the best and freshest ingredients, as she believes that better products yeild better results. While Nash included some labor-intensive, traditional dishes, she also focused on dishes that were easy to make and consisted of ingredients readily available at your local supermarket and specialty stores.
Helen Nash’s New Kosher Cuisine: Healthy, Simple & Stylish encourages a new and healthy outlook to kosher cooking for anyone looking to cook a heart-warming meal that is just as healthy as it as flavorful
Ricotta Cake Recipe
"This is a crustless, light verison of an Italian cheesecake. I find that baking it a day in advance and refrigerating it is not only convenient, but it also makes cutting a bit easier. Ricotta cake goes beautifully with an kind of berry."
— Helen Nash
Beet Soup Recipe
"With their magnificient color, delicious flavor and vitamin richness, beets are one of my favorite vegetables. In the summer I serve this soup at room temperature; in the winter I like it hot."
— Helen Nash
"With its mix of red, green and white ingredients, this makes a colorful luncheon dish or appetizer. I love to make it in the summer when fresh herbs are plentiful."
— Helen Nash
9 Ways to Remember Your Lost Loved Ones
When we’ve lost someone we love, they are in our hearts and minds every day. However, we may find ourselves thinking of them even more on special occasions when the whole family gets together. These gatherings can serve as a stark reminder of the absence of family members who have passed on.
Collective acts of remembrance with the whole family participating can be important steps in grief recovery. They can help family members begin to adapt to life without a loved one. They even can help foster feelings of peace and joy. They also help to keep alive the memory of the special person you are all mourning. Below, we will discuss nine ways you can remember your lost loved ones at family gatherings.
1. Plant a Tree in Their Honor
Trees represent strength and hope, bending in fierce winds but never breaking. Planting a tree in remembrance of a lost family member is a wonderful way to create a lasting memorial to their life. It’s also can provide the family with a place to visit when they are missing the person who has passed. You can plant a tree privately at your home or utilize a tree-planting partnership at a local park or university.
2. Gather Memorial Stones
It is often a comfort to have something tangible to remind you of your lost loved one. Some families may choose to ask each person to find a small stone to use as a memorial stone. Families collect them to create a memorial that everyone has contributed to. You can use a vase to display them or a vessel that was important to your lost loved one. At family gatherings, you can keep the memorial stones on display, or each family member can keep one in remembrance.
3. Make a Photo Wreath
You can do this act of remembrance at any time of year. But many families make photo wreaths during the holiday season. Ask each family member to bring a few of their favorite photos of your lost loved one. Gather together to fasten them to a wreath. You can find many craft stores, including wireframes, evergreen wreaths, special collage photo frames shaped like a wreath. Your memorial creation can be displayed whenever the family comes together.
4. Purchase Photo Lockets
It can be such a comfort to wear a photo of your loved one in a locket that lies near your heart. Come together as a family and choose one or more locket styles that family members can choose from. Decide on an inscription such as your loved one’s name or initials. Each family member can then insert a photo of their choosing into the locket. Some styles even accommodate cremated remains or a lock of hair.
5. Order Memorial Jewelry
Just as a special locket is a comfort when you have lost someone you love, many families come together to order special memorial jewelry, such as diamonds or other gemstones. Make sure the whole family discusses this idea, as it requires locks of hair or cremated remains. It often takes several months to receive this special, personal jewelry, but wearing it to your future family gatherings is a wonderful way to engage in collective remembrance when the family comes together.
6. Create a Family Tree Together
Family remembrance of a lost loved one can also take the form of preserving their legacy. One way to do this is for the family to undertake the project of building out the family tree, tracking your loved one’s lineage – and your own – back as many generations as possible. You can begin with collective internet research using genealogy sites like Ancestry, but taking time to go through old family photo albums together can be another wonderful way to feel a personal connection to the family’s past and to the person you have lost.
7. Cook Together
Many families are tied together by the recipes that remind them of time spent with one another and loved ones lost. Family gatherings are a perfect opportunity to join together in the kitchen to recreate a loved one’s special recipe or favorite meal. It also offers time together to share memories and stories that will continue to bind your family to one another during the grief recovery.
8. Release Doves
Whether the pain of your family’s loss is fresh, or you are remembering and honoring someone special many years after their passing, a beautiful way to do so is to plan a release of doves. It can be done at their graveside, in your backyard, or anywhere that might be meaningful to your family. A celebration of this nature often symbolizes love, peace, and hope as a family continues to move forward while still honoring the past.
9. Talk About Them
It seems so simple, yet the act of talking openly about your lost loved one with other family members could be a cathartic experience for everyone. In our culture, friends and acquaintances may feel awkward mentioning the person who has died, and yet grievers often find solace in knowing that people still remember and talk about the special person they have lost. When your family gathers for a special event or holiday, speak the names of those who have passed, tell stories about them, and inspire one another to keep the conversation going to help preserve their legacy.
Collective Remembrance as an Act of Grief Recovery
Acts of collective remembrance can be very healing for families dealing with the loss’s pain and sadness. Taking special steps to keep a lost loved one alive in each family member’s memory and honor and remember them when the family gathers is also a loving tribute to the person who has passed on. If your family is grieving a loss together, consider using one or more of the above suggestions to navigate your way of grief recovery together.
Wedding Memorial Ideas for the Bride
Many brides dream about their wedding day, but you may not have anticipated getting married without your loved ones by your side. Here are five ways you can include them so it feels like they are with you in spirit on your special day.
1. Attach photos to your bouquet
This option is subtle and incredibly beautiful. You can use a pin or an antique necklace to attach a picture or small frame of your loved one to your bouquet.
2. Stitch something handwritten into your dress
If you have a handwritten note or signature from your loved one who has passed, you can have it embroidered into the inside of your wedding dress. Or, if you have a piece of their fabric that you love, shape it into a heart or other symbol, and make it a design element of your dress.
3. Wear something that belonged to them
For example, if your mom, grandma, or mother-in-law has passed, you might choose to wear their wedding dress or a piece of jewelry that belonged to them.
4. Hold a moment of reflection
During either the ceremony or reception, ask your guests to observe a moment of silent reflection to remember those who can&rsquot be with you on your special day.
5. Include off-colored flowers or herbs in your bouquet
Add a white flower (or any color not already included) to your bouquet to honor your loved one, or add some remembrance herbs. Rosemary and sage are lovely options, as they smell fresh and delicious and are known for aiding memory.
5 Ways to Honor Someone Who Died by Suicide
For most people, the holidays are a joyful time to look forward to putting up the Christmas tree, decorating your home with Christmas lights and baking cookies — who doesn’t like that? But if you’re a suicide loss survivor like myself, the holidays can be overwhelming. This article aims to reach out to those who have lost a loved one to suicide and may need support during the holiday season.
If you’re a suicide loss survivor, you’ve probably experienced a great amount of guilt, but it’s important you understand that what happened wasn’t your fault. This article isn’t about your loved one, it’s about you. Your loved one is OK, and they want you to be OK as well.
Many people confuse the term “letting go” with forgetting your loved one and what happened to them. This is a misconception. It’s OK to remember and miss your loved one — give yourself permission to cry and to feel sad. Letting go doesn’t mean forgetting your loved one, it means you learned to accept what happened, you learned to forgive yourself and you decided to move forward with your life while always keeping your loved one’s memory alive in your heart, mind and soul. You’re letting go of the pain, the guilt, the “what if’s?” and the unchangeable, and you’re replacing it with forgiveness, love and gratitude for the time spent together and the wonderful memories you shared together.
The holidays won’t be the same without your loved one, but you can still honor them while enjoying the time you have with those who surround you. So how can you honor your loved one?
1. Donate to a foundation in their name.
What was your loved one passionate about? Keep their memory alive by keeping their dreams alive. If you’re not sure what charity your loved one preferred, think of one you would like to impact and share your experience.
2. Cook a recipe they liked.
Preparing and sharing a meal is a wonderful bonding experience. Making a loved one’s dish is a way to stay connected to them. Enjoy the meal like they used to do. Share stories and moments you lived together. Laugh and cry. You and your guests will be touched.
3. Look at photos and share stories.
It’s OK to remember your loved one, share the happy moments with a grateful heart. Even if they are no longer physically with you, by doing this you keep them alive. Remember: your loved one is OK, be grateful for the time shared and always honor their memory.
4. Think of positive ways you can help others.
The easiest way to honor your loved one is to use your story and what happened towards something positive. Think of how you can contribute to society and help others, maybe in your community or maybe in a specific sector or a specific cause. This is a very personal decision, only you know how you can do this best, but some ideas may be: creating a support group where others can speak about their experiences, planting trees in your loved one’s name, starting a foundation in their name, creating a scholarship in their name, etc.
5. Heal yourself and better yourself.
The best way you can honor your loved one’s memory is by being able to heal yourself from what happened. What happened isn’t easy, and you cannot get through it alone. Seek professional help and talk to someone. You deserve to move on from what happened, you deserve to smile, be happy and enjoy what time you have left. Use the holidays to seek help and to heal yourself. The holidays may be tough, but you are tougher. Remember: your loved one is OK and they want you to be OK.
I hope this article helps you in some way. My best wishes and love to every beautiful soul that reads this. Hoping you have a blessed holiday season.
In honor and memory of my little brother, Luis, who died by suicide June 13, 2018. I miss you and I love you.
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If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.
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3 Figure out the structure of your book.
Maybe you have a lot of pictures and prefer a photographic book with long captions illuminating the personality and life story of your loved one. Perhaps your prefer to have family members be interviewed for detailed remembrances, creating a collective portrait of him or her through tributes and stories. There are many options for how to structure your tribute memory book, including through letters and journals that help tell their stories through recipes and food memories that celebrate their life in a very particular way even through lists of lessons they have taught you and others over the years.
Consider:Often this is the most challenging part for a non-editor to tackle, and may be your strongest reason for opting to hire a professional to create your book, should you choose to.
The opening spread for a section of remembrances of one woman's years spent in Greece: By blowing up lovingly restored photographs that originally fit in the palm of one's hand to be featured across the pages of a large-format book, the design invites readers to spend time with the book's stories, to linger and experience the subject's memories in a meaningful way.
This Amazing Kugel Was the Only Thing My Jewish Mom Could Cook
It is a testament to my grief that I actually miss my mother’s bad cooking. My mom was an infamous eater and a lover of food. She scouted out of all the good dumpling and dim sum joints in Silicon Valley but could barely scramble an egg.
Her lack of skills in the kitchen was a source of pride for her, a feminist twist on the myth of the Jewish mother, of pushing food on people already so full that they must sneak away from the table in pain, bursting with kreplach.
Yes, Mom hated the idea of a loved one ever going hungry. But she didn’t think it was her duty to work in the kitchen to satisfy us — not when she had a credit card and there were fabulous restaurants a half block away.
As I grew up and started my own family, she seemed to get a degree of amusement of over how much time I was willing to spend cooking. Didn’t women of Mom’s generation endure the 70s — the decade of unsupported breasts and patterned mumus — to give women a break from these duties?
In the last few years of her life, Mom moved into an independent living facility with no oven. It was no great loss, except it meant that she couldn’t cook the one dish she’d mastered in her seven decades: a noodle kugel.
Mom pronounced the dish ku-gull, which means “ball” in Yiddish. I don’t think any food word has ever been more misleading. Then again, the evidence suggests that kugel, as we know it today, once meant “bread dumpling.’’ Over time, dumplings, which had spread from China to Europe by the 12th century , evolved into a series of starchy, eggy dishes, some of them sweet, some of them savory. According to the Joy of Kosher, the kind of kugel that my mother made dates back to roughly the 1600s, when European Jewish emigrants to Israel brought with them some enticing recipes for toothsome noodle-based kugels with a “caramelized” coating. To this day, kugel is one of the most sought-after Sabbath delicacies on the Jewish table.
Most Jewish families have their own proprietary kugel recipes that are guarded behind a shield of secrecy and duplicity. If a woman from shul called Mom to ask her the kugel recipe she’d respond gracefully and give it to them — but she’d conveniently leave out an ingredient or instruction.
“I think I forgot to tell her to add butter to the noodles,” Mom said, after hanging up. “Oh, well, what can you do?” Word must have spread about her carelessness with cooking instructions, because the inquiries dwindled and eventually stopped.
Mom would make the kugel with her grandchildren or for family celebrations. In the last month of my pregnancy, she would bake it and arrange for my husband to pick it up so that it was ready in my freezer, wrapped tidily in aluminum foil, if I ever had a craving. I usually gobbled it in a single evening.
The kugel was her signature dish until she moved to her oven-less apartment. But when she got sick last year, she declined very quickly. Getting her affairs in order was a matter of urgency, and there wasn’t a lot of time for anything else, least of all a recipe exchange.
It was exactly four months from her diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia to her funeral. I was still in shock when I packed up her apartment and moved most of her things into my frantically cleared-out garage.
A few weeks after her death in February, I wanted to make Mom’s kugel. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to duplicate her perfect version: light brown on its crispy top, and the color of milky coffee in the middle. It held its form amazingly well – you’d cut it with a sharp knife and the edge would leave a perfectly flat cross section of tangled noodles. Mom wasn’t here to call if I stumbled during the process. It was another reminder that I had to try and figure things out on my own.
And yet my grief was weighing on me so much that I had no choice but re-create her best dish. Mom had told me she’d trustingly left the recipe in the hands of my 9-year-old daughter, Julianna. I asked Julianna if she remembered how to make the kugel, and she nodded with enthusiasm.
“It’s easy, “ she said. “It’s only got eight ingredients.”
She began listing them: “Milk, sour cream, eggs, noodles, cornflakes, cream cheese, sugar.”
“There’s no cream cheese, it’s cottage cheese. And that’s only seven ingredients,” I said.
What was the missing ingredient? What were the ratios? And how did the whole thing go together? Even worse, how could my mom have left her one culinary triumph in the hands of a 9-year-old girl? Just like Mom, I wanted to make her signature dish for family celebrations and holidays — and I was planning to honor her memory by making it this Mother’s Day, my first without her. But how could I do that if the recipe was lost?
Then I started to dig through the boxes in my garage until I found mom’s recipe box. It was an old cornflower-blue Corning Ware Recipe File that originally housed 44 recipes for an Electromatic Self-Timing Saucepan. It was bulging and tied with a rubber band.
While I found the recipe for the heavy, flavorless Passover Potato Kugel (aka the 11th Plague of Passover), I couldn’t find the noodle kugel recipe anywhere.
Then, I remembered all the emails I had from my mom. They sat in my inbox, undeleted from 2007, and were a comforting guide — almost a conversation — that I turned to when I needed advice from Mom.
After a quick search, I found the kugel recipe. It came with a few instructions including the following: “You can substitute different kinds of cottage cheese — the biggie is not to rinse the noodles!”
I showed the email to Julianna. “There are 10 ingredients, not eight,” I said.
Julianna shrugged, unsurprised that my mom had given her the wrong information. And then we started to cook. I boiled the noodles and Julianna melted the butter. She mixed together the sour cream and cottage cheese in a large bowl. Then she added the sugar and milk. I added the buttered, unrinsed noodles, and vanilla.
Since I couldn’t find the cinnamon we decided to skip it. It seemed like a tribute to my mom to improvise a bit, especially if it meant skipping a trip to the grocery store.
We added the eggs last and I poured the mixture into a rectangular baking dish. Julianna sprinkled the cornflakes on the top.
“Is it suppose to go in covered, or uncovered?” I asked. Julianna didn’t know. Mom’s recipe, of course, left it open to interpretation.
I resisted the urge to pick up the phone and call the number that was no longer in service. I covered the kugel with tinfoil and put it in the oven.
After about 1 hour and 15 minutes the kugel was done and set it on the counter to cool. I like my kugel after its set in the fridge overnight, but Julianna couldn’t wait. She ate the first piece while it was only half-cool in front of the TV.
I waited until it cooled a bit more before I sampled. I missed the taste of the cinnamon, but despite the missing ingredient, we ate the Kugel in a day and a half. We cut off large pieces, gobbling them in a few bites, traveling back to the fridge and cutting off more, sometimes not bothering with a plate. We ate it for breakfast and after dinner. The hunger, the grief, the brief moment of satisfaction combined with the richness of the cheese left me a little giddy.
And of course, there was something missing, as I knew there would be. I was starting to get used to the feeling — a nagging sense of something you remember and savor but can never truly replace.
Storage tips to make life easier
For baked goods like cookies, cakes, and muffins, the best approach is to cut them into normal sized servings (unless they’re already single-sized portions), and then throw them into a large ziploc bag with the name of the treat, the date it was made, and the defrosting directions (usually just moving them to the refrigerator 24 hours before consuming). For main dish and side dish recipes, single-serving-storage can be a little more complicated. Here are my favorite tried-and-true methods to make your life more convenient:
Remembrance Cakes for 9-11
They were sitting at desks, talking on the phone, in board meetings, dashing out to grab a quick cup of Starbucks coffee. They were surfing the internet, chatting around the water cooler, giggling with friends. Living life.
I cannot believe a decade has gone by since the world changed forever. 2,983 people gone. They lost their lives in multiple terrorist attacks on US soil on 9-11-2001. We also lost brave folks that gave their lives trying to save others. They are all heroes. So much damage, sadness and wreckage. Faith can be restored (I hope) but the loss for many will be forever.
These folks were innocently living their lives…..people like us. We came together for them then. We have not forgotten. As bloggers with voices. We bake, we love, we share.
This Sunday morning marks a decade since the 9/11 attacks. Together we can remember and share loving prayers with the moms, dads, children, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, friends, colleagues. Everyone who lost.
Please join me to remember. With cake.
There is a World Trade Center Memorial Waterfall that will be unveiled to the public on Sunday. Constructed on the site that has been closed with harsh gates for ten years.
A place where people lived. The gentle whoosh and whisper of the water is meant to drown out the sounds of the noisy city. It is supposed to help us reflect and meditate. To count our blessings and pray for all the people affected by this tragedy.
In 2001 I was living 3000 miles away from New York, in California. I am still here. I am a born & bred New Yorker. NYC was my home for many years before I came out here.
September 11th, 2001 was a peaceful, bright bluebird sky morning. I had a big smile on my face. On October 5th, just a few weeks away we were to fly back to NY to get married. Homeward bound with open hearts.
I will never forget turning on the TV at 6:30am with my breakfast all laid out in front of me. A plane “accidentally” flew into the World Trade Center. How odd? How could a pilot make such an error. I ran up to tell my husband about the disaster. And then another plane crashed. Obviously not an error. Intentional chaos. We sat glued to the TV. Held each other, and cried.
I freaked knowing that a my little brother often worked in and near those buildings. By the grace of God that day he was in mid-town Manhattan. Not near, but near enough.
Please post a remembrance cake with me. I will post mine some time this Sunday. If you do not have time to bake a new cake/cupcake/muffin that is OK. Relax. Breath. Share something you created and posted a while back.
This is a celebration of life. Between now and next Wednesday I will keep the link up active. Any kind of cake will do. If it has a crumb go ahead and share it. With love.
I created a badge for us. You can find a few sizes to use on my badges page. Paste the code and add it to your post or somewhere on your blog. Let’s show that we stand strong and we support those who still suffer and are trying to heal. You can also link back to this post.
Do you remember where you were when you heard the news about the attacks? Do share if you wish….
Here is a hashtag we can use on Twitter and Faceboook #cakes2remember
Please link up your cakes & such here. This link up will be open until Wednesday 9
The Ultimate Guide To Writing a Memorial Tribute That Focuses On The Positive Happy Memories Of A Lost Loved One
Giving a written compliment or a tribute is an opportunity to share the things you appreciated about your loved one, write about their accomplishments, and tell friends and family about their unique charms and the funny moments that you shared with that very special person.
A respectful commemoration is for everyone. It reminds us that each of us leads a life of special interest and value and that each one is unique, with exclusive gifts. A Tribute revives the person in our imagination and gives us something to remember. It is a way of showing gratitude through the help of certain traits and memories.
Giving a kind and respectful speech is enough for a good compliment as a tribute. However, a little research can help you write and provide a wonderful and meaningful tribute that goes beyond a list of achievements and virtues. But writing a compliment can be a difficult task when time is limited, and emotions are close to the surface. You may have to write the eulogy and at the same time make funeral arrangements, support other family members and go through your own grief. To make things a little easier, we have outlined some things that can help you write a poignant and memorable tribute.
Inspire and investigate
Begin by gathering all the bibliographic details about the person for whom you are writing the eulogy, including when and where they were born, the important jobs they have had, how many children they had and more. These details are the starting point to share meaningful stories. After all, your dad was more than the job he had. His spouse had passions beyond her children.
So, how can you capture the best parts of life? Spend some time thinking about what was important for your loved one and what memories celebrate their life. Almost everyone has a hobby that fills their soul and reflects a deep interest. Maybe your wife was known for her beautiful garden, or your father had a recipe for famous barbecue sauce. Perhaps your sister rescued hundreds of animals throughout her life, or maybe your brother was a secret sculptor. Talk to other family members and friends about your favorite memories and stories of your loved one. Here are some useful ideas:
- Ask their children to share the funniest stories of their childhood with your loved one.
- Ask their children to think of a time when their dad or mom made them feel special.
- Gather your mother's grandchildren and ask them to share what they loved most about their grandmother.
- Call former teachers and classmates to tell you about the unique qualities and attributes your brother possessed.
Once you have gathered all the information, you can start writing. If you are having trouble getting started, choose a topic that will help you organize your ideas. If your father spent most of his time outdoors, share stories related to his crazy camping trips, mishaps on the lake or the ways he shared his love of nature with others. If your wife's greatest joy was your grandchildren, share your favorite memories of her and all the ways in which her legacy will live through other family members. Describe how your mom spent her free time in the community teaching, helping at the food bank or serving on the board of nonprofit associations.
What to do with the text of the tribute
Each life is unique, and well-written praise expresses a person's unique personality, reminds people of the good times, and helps generate even more loving memories of a well-celebrated life.
Feel free to say what you really think or feel. Do not worry that, " I do not know how to write ." What counts is simplicity, sensitivity and honesty.
Describe the best qualities of the person and what you saw and experienced. Be as personal in your writing as you were in your relationship with the deceased. Mention how much they were respected and admired by you and others.
You can tell personal or serious anecdotes or even jokes, but the purpose of telling is to show the personality and character of the loved one.
You will want to include some of their strengths, legacies, achievements and successes. Please focus on the good that s/he offered to the world.
Also, describe their physical characteristics - a charming smile, a bright look, a way of walking upright. It is those details that create an image of the loved one. You can also illustrate your feelings with poems.
The good memories of people are precious. Your impressions of the loved one are what you value most. Below is a list that you can consider:
- What were the highlights of their life? You can count happy, sad, funny things and the unusual things that were part of their life
- What were the important moments of their childhood, adolescence, their adulthood or old age . at work, at play, at home or outside, alone or accompanied?
- Were they committed or passionate about something?
- What were their talents?
- What were their unique characteristics?
- What did they usually do or say?
- What were their habits, weaknesses, hobbies, likes and dislikes?
- What were the challenges and difficult times?
- How did you handle them, and what does it tell us about the person?
- When was s/he happiest or what gave them pleasure?
- What was their relationship with you?
- What kind of things did they usually do together?
- What are your feelings about the loved one?
- What are the things you will miss?
- Who else was close?
- Consider whether you wish to make reference to the manner of your death, especially if it was unexpected or a shock?
- How do you want the person to be remembered?
Edit and review your tribute’s text
Once you have a final version of the tribute, start reviewing your speech well in advance of the final copy. While reviewing your speech, you will probably pause and edit many times, adding details or rearranging your ideas. It may be useful to practice with a brother, son, or parent who can give you their opinion. Once you have the final draft, take some time to correct the tribute, and review all the details.
Keep in mind that a tribute is not an opportunity to air your pain or make sense of your loss. It is an opportunity to tell the story of an extraordinary life. When you complete the draft of your eulogy, add a final tribute to close your speech. This could be a simple sentence that connects your ideas, favorite scripture, or quote, or a farewell from the heart.
Tips for delivering a tribute speech
Before you get on the podium in a memorial or memorial service, print the eulogy in large font with double spacing between the lines so you can easily read what you have prepared. Remember to speak slowly. Take a deep breath and make eye contact with family members and friends. Have a glass of water nearby in case you need to clear your throat.
If while you are sharing your tribute, your words get tangled or you feel emotional, it's OK! It is perfectly natural. Allow yourself to pause, dry your eyes with a handkerchief and then continue with your message of love, laughter, memories and gratitude.
When you’ve made so much effort to write down your thoughts and share them verbally, why not make a permanent tribute page on Tributize to preserve those memories forever?
8 Keepsake Crafts That Honor the Memory of Loved Ones
The legacy of the dearly departed will live on in these sweet DIYs.
Use clear glass bubbles and pendant circles from a craft store to turn vintage photos into necklaces and bracelets.
Get the tutorial at Saving with Sarah.
The internet wept tears of joy alongside Nicole Figueroa's grandmother last winter when the 20-year-old posted a video of the senior woman opening a gift that turned out to be a pillow made from her late husband's shirt.
Get the tutorial here.
While this craft was originally intended to celebrate the birth of a child, it could easily be adapted to honor the passing of a loved one. Fill a glass ornament with artifacts from their life: jewelry or cufflinks, a handwritten note, or dried petals from their favorite flower.