If Your Life Ended Today, What Would
Your Memorial Service Look Like? Important Question!
By Ellen Banks
This is actually one of the most important questions you
can ask yourself. Game over, end of the road, no more
"do overs", no more second chances, no more tomorrows to
So, who will gather to honor your life? How will you be
remembered? How will they describe your life and your
contributions to theirs?
This whole idea came to me after attending a memorial
service for the husband of my friend. He passed away
suddenly while doing what he loved-playing golf. While
his death was very tragic, what we learned at the
service was that his life was one of incredible
accomplishments at every level.
When his professional accomplishments were remembered,
they brought most of the successful people in the room
to their knees! His success was the direct result of
hard work, discipline and a passion for life. He was
remembered fondly by his lifelong friends and workers as
tough, fair and someone you would always want on your
But even more important than his professional success
was how he impacted people on a personal level. There we
over 300 people at the service and everyone could tell a
"story" about this man that would bring a smile to your
face. His children, grandchildren, wife and friends had
incredibly funny, heartfelt stories that described a
person who clearly lived every minute of his life to the
So ask yourself today, before you reach the end of the
road, how will you be remembered? Will your children say
you were the best parent you could be? Will your friends
recount the importance of you in their lives? Will you
be remembered for your integrity, kindness, courage,
smile? Would you fill a room with people who loved you
and will truly miss you?
If not, remember it is never too late to make things
right-it is never too late to change.
Good luck on your journey!
President, Transformation Tees