By gathering information beforehand, it can help you through the emotional funeral planning process. A eulogy is the sending off message or the oral memorial given in honor of someone who has passed. It can be delivered at the service by a spouse, child, friend, or clergy. The eulogy may also be done in written form and can be included in printed memorials, such as the funeral program.
Being asked to undertake this task is considered an honor and symbolizes the trust and love the family members have for you. The tone of the eulogy can be somber or humorous, brief or lengthy, deeply personal or very generalized. The eulogy can contain a chronicle of the loved one's life, shared memories from those close to them, and personal achievements. It may also include their family, friends, career, and hobbies.
Each eulogy is unique to the individual person based on factors such as nationality, culture, religion, values, and personality. Based on my experience in having worked at a funeral home for many years, here are some guidelines for writing a eulogy:
- First, introduce yourself and explain your relationship to the deceased.
- Thank guests for attending the services and acknowledge those who may have traveled from a distance to attend.
- Include special qualities and distinguishing characteristics of the person.
- Share what you or others may have learned from them.
- Tell stories most remembered about the loved one.
- Mention any personal achievements, special talents, hobbies, interests, or life passions.
- If the loved one walked by faith, give examples of their spiritual walk and commitment to the church.
- Finally, summarize your eulogy by sharing how much they will be missed. Close with uplifting and comforting thoughts, such as a scripture quote or song.
Writing and delivering a eulogy can be an overwhelming task. You can enlist the help of others by asking family and friends for stories and information that might be included. We hope that this information provides you with a general idea of what to include in a eulogy speech. Check out other resources and all things about funeral programs planning, only available at the Funeral Program Site.com