A helpful guide to writing a Eulogy:
A eulogy is a speech made during a funeral service which is about the person who has passed away and is often a very important and memorable moment during the funeral. A eulogy can be made up of personal anecdotes, stories, favourite sayings and idiosyncrasies, or a combination of all these.
The eulogy may be delivered by the Minister, Priest or Celebrant of the service or by a family member or friend. Public speaking is always a difficult task and coupled with the emotion of a funeral service of a loved one can make a eulogy very difficult and challenging to deliver.
Helpful points and advice when preparing a eulogy:
- When and where was the person 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 items about childhood days
- Details of any war or military service
- Stories shared with others
- 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 stories, sayings, qualities that are significant to others
- Special readings, music or poetry to be included
Take your time, you are being asked to deliver the eulogy because of the relationship you had with the person, it may be one of the most challenging moments, but its also a honour and privilege.