It’s amazing how the accomplishments of one great person can touch so many hearts over the course of their life. As you reflect on all that they’ve done and everyone they’ve affected, it can be hard to sum it all up in a few simple sentences. To help you put their legacy into words, here are a few sample questions, a couple of our favorite Memorial song examples, and some story submissions we’ve received in the past to give you an idea of what others submit.
Some Helpful Questions
• What was their personality like?
• Do you have any funny stories together?
• What are their best accomplishments in life?
• What would they want people to remember them for?
• Do you want to mention any family members?
• What were the values they lived by?
• What were their favorite hobbies?
• What did they mean to you?
• What are your favorite memories together?
• Any specific details you definitely want mentioned?
“My Hero” by Katie Stump
“Right Thing (Light)” by Jake Ohlbaum
"In Loving Memory Of Andy" by Companyon
Story Submission Examples
I want to give MY BEST FRIEND'S FAMILY a song for HIS PASSING that will make THEM LAUGH, CRY & REMEMBER THE GREAT MAN THAT HE WAS.
Mood: Somber, Reflective
Andy grew up in New York. He was the son of Bruce and Debra and younger brother of Lesley. His wife, Clarissa, lives in Nevada.
He was a Captain in the Army Special Forces Green Beret. His awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with campaign star), Iraq Campaign Medial (with campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist and Military Free Fall Parachutists badges, the Ranger tab and Special Forces tab.
He was a record setting swimmer and captain of the swim team at Clarence High School. He was at the top of his class, Student Council member, and editor of the yearbook. He was voted as having the "Most School Spirit" by classmates his senior year.
After High School, he attended West Point, where he trained to become an officer in the Army.
Personality: Sincere, goofy, sometimes way too honest and ethical.
We plan to lower the flag to half staff at Town Hall once we receive notification from the governor. I can’t emphasize enough what an all-American kid Andy was growing up. Among his last words to his mother were, ‘I’ll be fine. Don’t worry. I promise to wear my helmet.'
He was great at making other people great, which is what made him so impactful and so profoundly missed.
Andrew was a great guy and everybody loved being around him. He lifted others who were around him. He wanted everybody to be the best they could. Before he left in June, he went on a tour of the National Parks. He loved his wife and they loved to travel.
Super great guy who never judged others in school while maintaining popularity and good grades. Model student and person.
He was a genuinely, all-around stand-up dude and that leaves an impression
He served the Clarence community long before he served our country by being a generous classmate and teammate, a loving friend and family member.
I want to give MY MOTHER a song for HER LIFE that will make HER KNOW SHE IS LOVED BY HER FAMILY.
Mood: Somber, Reflective
My mom Alexandra is my hero.
She was diagnosed with cancer last year and went through chemo twice, radiation and major surgery. She is in hospice now and I wanted to try to get her a song to make her smile and let her know how much she is loved.
She is most generous person I know. She is always making people feel comfortable and welcome. She has a million friends from her childhood until now - so many people love her and it is easy to see why.
She has been a volunteer with Make A Wish Foundation for the past 20 years and has made lasting relationships with the kids she has helped grant wishes for.
She is EVERYTHING to me and my sisters and especially to her husband. She is our life. They have been married for 11 years but, together since 1994. They are the reason I found true love. Their love for each other is so beautiful- they respect one another and are true soul mates.
My mom has always put us kids first our whole lives. She was the mom that all my friends wished they had. Our house was always filled with all of my friends because of my mom. She came to every game of ours and has been by our side for every major life event. She was even in the room with me for both the births of my kids. She is loved by so many people!
She is her happiest when she is surrounded by the people who love her and who she can love. She is known to our kids as Gigi. Gigi is the one who calls for every birthday, every time they are sick, every test, every soccer game, gymnastics meet, baseball game and dance recital...... and wants to talk to them - to wish them luck to ask them how they did to just show them she LOVES them. She makes each grandchild feel special.
I can only hope I am the mom to my kids as she was to me.
My mom- someone I want to talk to everyday, someone who I can trust and count on and someone who has helped me become the woman I am. She was involved in our lives from coaching our sports teams to heading the PTA and just being available to anyone who needed her. Always putting others first.
She taught me to love myself to not hold grudges and to always communicate. She taught me to treat others like I want to be treated to respect one another and laugh until your stomach hurts (or until she pees her pants). One of my favorite things to do with my mom (and my sister) is to laugh. We laugh so hard we can't breath and our stomachs hurt and then we laugh so hard for so long we forgot what we were laughing at.
I am so lucky to have a mom like mine. I am so lucky to have the love and support from her during my life. No matter what path I chose I knew my mom would support me. My hero - my mom.
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