Why should I have my life tribute done by your writers ahead of time?
We believe that nobody is guaranteed tomorrow and properly documenting your story with full control over your narrative is crucial. They say a different version of you exists in everyone’s minds. What version do YOU want read at your celebration of life? We pair you with a writer that best matches your personality to interview you and make sure we get as much of YOU as possible on paper.
How much does something like this cost?
With professional eulogy writing services ranging between $200-$700, we believe $750 is fair. You receive the full support of both the owner of My Modern Tribute and your writer from start to finish to maximize your outcome and experience. By collaborating with us, you can share your unique perspective, memories, and experiences, ensuring that your voice is authentically captured. This process not only gives you a sense of ownership but also enables you to create a tribute that truly reflects who you are. We also do not have word caps on our tributes as our commitment is to telling your story in the most authentic way. On average, most of our tributes are anywhere from 2,000-4,000 words or 10-13 minutes in length when read aloud.
Why is working with a writer better than writing my own tribute?
It can be challenging to maintain objectivity and see yourself from an outsider's perspective when trying to write your own tribute. An external viewpoint can provide a more comprehensive and balanced portrayal of your life, achievements, and impact. Our writers possess a unique skill set for crafting narratives and capturing the essence of a person's life. They’re experts at distilling complex emotions and experiences into a cohesive and meaningful tribute. Preparing your own tribute can be emotionally challenging, as it involves reflecting on mortality, personal achievements, and the impact you've had on others' lives. Sharing your thoughts and memories with a writer who can then compose the tribute on your behalf can alleviate some of this emotional burden. It allows you to focus on the present while ensuring that your tribute remains a heartfelt and accurate representation of your life.
How would this help my family after I’m gone?
Tributes bring comfort and closure to grieving family members and friends. They offer an opportunity to express emotions, share memories, and find solace in the collective celebration of the person's life. They can serve as a foundation for eulogies, obituaries, or memorial speeches, providing structure and guidance during a challenging time. Tributes often contain details and stories that may not be widely known or easily remembered by future generations. They serve as a record of family history, providing insights into the lives and experiences of ancestors. They also provide a platform for expressing emotions and fostering a sense of community during a time of loss. Tributes can be shared at memorial services, funerals, or through online platforms, enabling distant friends and family members to participate and offer support.
Do people ever share their tributes before their funeral?
Yes. We have many of our clients share their tributes with immediate family as means of connection and preparation. In certain situations where there may be unresolved issues or strained relationships, sharing a pre-written tribute can serve as a way to reconcile with loved ones or seek closure. Some individuals choose to share their tributes during milestone events or gatherings while they are still alive. These events could include birthdays, anniversaries, or other significant moments where friends and family come together to celebrate their life. For some individuals, sharing their tribute in advance can help emotionally prepare themselves and their loved ones for their eventual passing. It opens up conversations about mortality, allows for reflection and acceptance, and provides an opportunity to celebrate and honor one's life while still alive. It's important to note that the decision to share a pre-written tribute is entirely personal. Some may prefer to keep it private while others may find value in sharing it in advance. Ultimately, it depends on the individual's wishes.
What does the process look like?
First, we would email you our Tribute Questionnaire. This consists of 10 questions to gather the nuts and bolts of your life—concrete names and dates to ensure we have the correct background information. Once this is completed and emailed back to us, we will assign you to a writer that best matches your personality and coordinate a date and time for your client interview. The assigned writer will either call you or connect with you over Zoom, whichever you prefer. The interview typically ranges anywhere from 1-2 hours. You can expect a first draft emailed to you within 10 business days. You’ll have up to two edits before the final draft is sent. The final draft is your sole property to do with as you wish. Non-disclosure agreements are available upon request.
Can I gift a tribute to a loved one?
Absolutely. Please note that this is a very personal experience, and one that is not widely known or discussed in mainstream society. We will not accept payment until we have connected with your loved one and have their expressed consent to move forward with the process.