Post # 1
I’m on the Board of a non-profit and we have learned a (recent) former Board Member had a likely fatal hiking accident this weekend. Trying to write a tribute to him for the webpage. Any words of advice?
I really just need a break. It’s tough to figure out the right words to say. He was volunteering at the organization the day before his presumed death.
Post # 3
Maybe talk about why he was on the board and what a huge part of the organization he was and how his absence will be missed, ways he contributed and thoughts and prayers are with his family?
Post # 4
@kay01: Take a break. Don’t try to write when you’re too overwhelmed, you’ll just make it harder on yourself trying to think of stuff.
Is there any way you could contact his closest friends and family? Maybe you can ask them what they’d like to see in the tribute. They would know him best, after all. Was there a special personality quirk about him that made him memorable when he volunteered? That might be something to put in there.
And, I’m really sorry about your loss. Just take your time and breathe. It gets better in time.
Post # 5
I’m reluctant to contact his family, because I don’t know them personally, but also because I’m sure they’re overwhelmed at this point. I do plan on having one of the board that knows him well to read over my draft.
Right now I’ve got an intro talking about how he impacted the program, what happened to him, and I’m trying to incorporate a personal story in there.