Creating a Eulogy

A eulogy is a speech given or a letter that is read out in praise of a person who has passed away. These days, eulogies have become a normal part of a funeral service – they allow family and friends to really speak about the personality and the life of a person who has died. Creating a eulogy doesn’t have to be hard or be perfect; it only needs to convey something about the deceased in a personal way – from the heart. The officiating Celebrant or Minister of your loved one’s funeral will normally assist you as much as necessary in the preparation of your tribute – as experts in these presentations, they will be of great assistance to you.

You may want to consider the following list of 16 ideas of how to write a eulogy

  • When and where the deceased was born.
  • Nicknames and / or names known to others.
  • Parents names and where they met and married.
  • Brothers and Sisters. Early childhood – localities and interests.
  • Schools attended, any awards gained.
  • Academic or trade qualifications and associated achievements.
  • Some interesting details about childhood days.
  • Details of any war or military service.
  • Details of marriages, divorces, children, significant relationships.
  • Details of grandchildren/great grandchildren.
  • Details of any Club memberships and sporting achievements.
  • Details of any hobbies or interests etc.
  • Details of historical significance.
  • Preferences, likes and dislikes. Details of activities e.g. music, theatre etc.
  • Any special or fond stories, sayings or qualities that are significant to others.
  • Special readings, music or poetry to be included.

Some people may opt for a serious speech about accomplishments achieved by the deceased, while others decide to take a more humorous tone remembering fun times, good memories, laughter shared. The best funeral eulogy often includes a combination of both styles, done in good taste and with a positive outlook.

creating a eulogyRemember the eulogy is not just to commemorate someones passing, it is also about celebrating a life lived. Once you are done with the writing and editing, rehearse a few times in front of a family member, a friend, or even a mirror. Although it can be a daunting task, a eulogy is also a great privilege to deliver. Keep in mind that everybody who has taken the time to come to the funeral is there to help you celebrate the passing of a family member, friend, or associate, so they will be on your side.

Some people may opt for a serious speech about accomplishments achieved by the deceased, while others decide to take a more humorous tone remembering fun times, good memories, laughter shared. The best funeral eulogy often includes a combination of both styles, done in good taste and with a positive outlook.

Remember the eulogy is not just to commemorate someones passing, it is also about celebrating a life lived. Once you are done with the writing and editing, rehearse a few times in front of a family member, a friend, or even a mirror. Although it can be a daunting task, a eulogy is also a great privilege to deliver. Keep in mind that everybody who has taken the time to come to the funeral is there to help you celebrate the passing of a family member, friend, or associate, so they will be on your side.