A eulogy is a speech given or a letter that is read out in praise of a person who has died.
These days, eulogies have become a normal part of a funeral service that really speaks about the personality and the life of a person who has died.
A eulogy doesn’t have to be perfect; it only needs to convey something about the deceased in a personal way, to help others at the funeral know how you are feeling.
Things to consider
When writing a eulogy you may want to consider the following:
- When and where was the deceased born
- Nicknames and/or names known to others
- Parents names - where they met and married
- Brothers and Sisters
- Early childhood - localities and interests
- Schools attended, awards gained
- Academic or trade qualifications and achievements
- Some interesting details items 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, position held
- Details of sporting achievements
- Details of any hobbies or interests, travel, crafts 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.
But a eulogy doesn’t have to be a kind of history of your loved one. You can tell stories from your heart that show how your loved one’s life impacted on yours. There is no right or wrong way to do a eulogy.
To start your thought processes about writing a eulogy, we have gathered together some inspirational quotes about death and the passing of loved ones.
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