Here is an actual sample of a eulogy written by a son for his father's memorial service. Writing a eulogy can be challenging and trying to include the highlights of a person's life into a short amout of time can seem like a difficult task.
A eulogy does not have to cover your loved one's entire life especially if more than one person is presenting a part of the eulogy. You may opt to talk about a portion of your loved one's life while another family member or friend, speaks about another area. Keeping the eulogy focused on a theme that each person delivers, helps the attendees get a deeper glimpse of the life of the deceased.
In the following example, the son speaks of his father's faith and religious beliefs and therefore created his sharing time around the theme of faith.
Sample of a Eulogy Speech (with a faith based theme)
When Ernie was baptized 89 years ago, it was his first and greatest bonding into a union with Christ. In all the years that have passed since then, Christ was with him as he grew. The spirit of the Lord was his constant companion and guide. An example of how God was with Ernie was during World War II.
Having served in the navy and being in the North Atlantic on a battleship chasing the Bismark (a famous German submarine), Ernie saw his fellow shipmates being seasick and jumping overboard. Ernie prayed to God to help him get through the war and his prayer was answered.
During his lifetime, Ernie showed many fruits of the spirit– love, kindess, faithfulness, and gentleness. The harvest of a life well lived. He showed a love for God, family, and his country. Ernie showed kindness to a neighborhood family by paying their insurance premium. Ernie was faithful to his family and his work as a San Francisco fireman and carpenter. His motto was to work hard and be thankful for what you have.
There is no doubt that his life demonstrated a likeness in Christ which is now his merited grown of glory in heaven. He was blessed with the talent of music and played many instruments without ever having taken music lessons. Ernie was also blessed with a quiver of five arrows (five children) of family who loved him.
I believe Ernie's life bible verse would be Psalm 116:1-2, "I love the Lord because He has heard my voice and my supplications because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live."
Today we celebrate the life of Ernie but there is also another celebration in heaven because a saint has come home.