Tips for Writing Funeral Speeches Eulogies
Writing a Funeral Speech (Eulogy)
What is a Eulogy?
During funeral services or memorials, it is common for friends or family to make a speech acknowledge the deceased.
This is called a eulogy and more than one can be delivered during the funeral or memorials…
The idea of this speech is to reminisce of the memories, personalities and achievements of the deceased in a loving and honest way.
A beautiful eulogy is a fitting tribute to the one passed and also great to describe the person’s life to those that may not have known the deceased well.
Below are some useful tips to follow when writing your eulogy or speech for the funeral services.
Useful Tips for Writing a Eulogy:
- Think about how the deceased person would like to be remembered and about their personalities.
- The Eulogy can be serious with a little humour woven in about a happy event of the person’s life or a combination of both.
- Mention some of the deceased life achievements in the workplace, at home or on special occasions.
- Talk about memories and recollections of the friends and family who will be present, and tell a few moving stories that describe the deceased.
- Mention the role of the deceased in your eulogy, i.e. their roles as a parent, a work colleague, friend, grandparent, or employee, for some examples.
- Consider the role the deceased played in the community and what milestones that might be worth mentioning.
- Talk about the deceased character, talents, and life events that touched others in a positive way. Mention examples to personalize the funeral or memorial eulogy.
- Here you have a chance to say what you may never had to say to the deceased person while they were alive. Don’t be afraid to come right out and say it directly. This can be in the form of a letter and this part of the eulogy can be emotionally stirring for the attendees.
- Make sure to mention things that you will never forget about the deceased.
- Work out a thoughtful ending as a tribute to the deceased to end off your eulogy.
To write your funeral or memorial speech begin by writing things down even if they are not in order and once you are finished put it all together into a flowing speech.
Take some time to organize your thoughts and memories of the deceased and once you have finished writing the eulogy check that you have not duplicated anything.
You can deliver the eulogy or ask someone to reward it out for you if you are too emotional.
You can end your eulogy with a moving poem, passage from the bible or saying.
Your eulogy is like a mirror or reflection of the deceased giving a chance for you to tell the stories and share the memories and lives of our loved ones
A memorable funeral speech or eulogy prepared with loving care allows you to help everyone celebrate the
deceased outlining strengths, joys, challenges and life achievements.
While everyone is emotionally fragile of the loss the courage to stand in front of mourners, friends and family will be deeply appreciated by all…
Example of a warm Ending for a Eulogy:
God looked around his garden
And found an empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
…And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids
…And whispered, ‘Peace be thine’.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
Comforting Quotes and their authors:
Say not in grief that she is no more
but say in thankfulness that she was
Death is not the extinguishing of a light,
but the putting out of the lamp
because the dawn has come.
I fall asleep in the full and certain hope
That my slumber shall not be broken;
And that, though I be all-forgetting,
Yet shall I not be all-forgotten,
But continue that life in the thoughts and deeds
of those I have loved.
Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.