How to Word a Memorial Ribbon

A memorial or script ribbon is a special ribbon used at funeral or memorial services to honour or memorialise a deceased person. It is a customary tradition to inscribe the memorial ribbon with the deceased person's name, personalised references, dates or short messages that reflect the deceased's interests and personality. Integrating a photo into the memorial ribbon adds a special touch that serves as a visual remembrance. Finding the right words for the memorial ribbon at such a sombre time can be a daunting task. However, with proper planning, preparation and the support of close family and friends, you can write sincere and reverential words that truly honour your loved one.

Speak with the florist who will be handling the creation of the memorial ribbon to determine if he will be writing the inscriptions by hand or using prefabricated labels. This will determine if you can use personalised references or nicknames in your inscriptions.

Establish the list of relationships you would like to add as inscriptions to the memorial ribbon. This list typically contains relationships of the deceased to the persons who ordered the funeral flower arrangements. Examples include mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and cousin.

Create a short and simple heartfelt expression that reflects the personality of the deceased and sentiments of close family and friends. If you are having a difficult time coming up with the right words, consult with other family members and friends who knew the deceased well to assist with the process. You can also choose to keep the message simple with "Rest in Peace," "In Loving Memory" or "We Miss You."

Coordinate placement of the inscriptions across the memorial ribbon with the florist once you have reached a consensus on the words for the ribbon.

Provide your list of relationships and your short personalised message to the florist with any special instructions so she can finalise the memorial ribbon.


A common etiquette in wording a memorial ribbon is to keep the list of inscriptions as short and simple as possible so as not to detract from the overall presentation. You may elect to present the inscriptions across the casket, ribbon, and pillows so that no family member or close friend feels left out. You may also opt to purchase additional easels for the occasion if necessary to accommodate everyone who contributed to the flower arrangement.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbon
  • Flower arrangements
  • Florist
  • Easel
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Janice Uwujaren has been writing professionally since 1996. Her articles have been published on various websites. Her experience includes developing content for proposals, websites, training materials and technical documentation. Uwujaren has a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from Strayer University.