Thinking about how I’d like to be remembered

After your funeral, how would you like people to remember you? You will remain in the hearts of your friends and family, and they will think about you often.

But perhaps you would also like to create a physical memorial to your life, or find a way that you can continue to make a difference after your death?

Preparing to think about how you’ll be remembered

You may already have ideas about how you’d like to be remembered, but if not, you may find it helpful to look back at your My Story thinking tool and to think about events, people and places that have played an important part in your life.

You may also want to look again at your One-page Profile and to think about the kind of person you are and what you value.

How to use your How I’d Like to be Remembered thinking tool

Now open your How I’d Like to be Remembered thinking tool, and note down any thoughts you have. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • a memorial plaque somewhere, perhaps on a bench in a favourite spot
  • a tree, rose or garden memorial, planted to remember you
  • a trust or something similar set up in your name
  • something you would like to happen on your birthday each year, where people remember you

My How I’d Like to be Remembered thinking tool

Next steps

Look back at the thoughts you wrote down.

  • Which would you like to happen?
  • What do you or others need to do to make sure you are remembered in this way?

When you have thought about these questions, please open the Action Plan thinking tool.

Write down on the Action Plan thinking tool:

  • what you want to do
  • what others could help you with