Writing a Eulogy
Recognise the honour:
For many people the fear of public speaking makes writing and delivering a eulogy intimidating . Recognizing the honour and the opportunities can help calm these fears and make the speech more approachable.
Realise your Task:
The task for the eulogist is to bring the person back into the minds of those assembled.
An effective eulogy uses words to paint a picture for the audience. Creating a picture of the person for the audience can be done by reminiscing, sharing anecdotes, telling stories and talking about the many aspects of the person's life - their family, friends, interests and unique qualities.
A eulogy lets everyone remember the person--who they were, what they did and what they enjoyed about life.
Remember and Recall:
- Who am I speaking to – make the eulogy appropriate to your audience?
- How would the person like to be remembered?
- What made them special?
- Favourite pastimes and interests, likes and dislikes?
- When were they happiest?
- Who was really close to them?
- What did i really like about them?
- What did other people really like about theme?
- What are the highlights of their life story?
- If i could say only three things about them, what would they be?
- Who can help me check my facts?
- Is anyone else planning to speak about the person at the funeral?
- Do we need to avoid saying the same thing twice?
- Be conscious of how long you want your eulogy to be?
It is a good idea to practice reading the eulogy to someone beforehand and ask them for their feedback.
To help you in relation to writing a Eulogy please click here to download a helpful guide.