The Importance of Writing a Eulogy

By: David Tindall
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A eulogy is a way to honor the memory of a lost loved one at their funeral and is one of the most important elements of a service. It is truly a farewell tribute speech to family and friends, expressing how much this person means to you and information about who they were and what they did in their lifetime. This is why writing a eulogy needs to be concise and well organized.

 

A eulogy is a difficult speech to write because there are so many different stories we want to share and facts to cover in the short period of time you have to speak. When you speak of your loved one many words may come to your mind, although when you try to write the eulogy clarity may be difficult but remember less is more. Speaking genuinely from the heart and acknowledging the life of your loved one is the purpose a eulogy should serve.

 

When you are writing your speech, these are common topics to cover:

 

  • History: This is where you will cover where they were born, their childhood life and other topics that cover who they were as a person
  • Career: Talk about their profession and how they got there and perhaps what professions they were passionate about or always wanted to do
  • Achievements: This covers and awards, or personal achievements they fulfilled throughout their life
  • Stories: Use specific examples of the times you are talking about. Detailed stories tend to bring smiles to people’s faces and add an element of personality and love
  • Memories: Talk about any fond memories you have with this person, a time that you will never forget, words of advice they told you, or an impact they had on your life
  • Anecdotes: Tell a short amusing story of an incident that happened. Stories like this can add a natural sense of humor that is respectful to the deceased yet light on the audience

 

Although writing a eulogy can be difficult and emotional, remember if you always speak from your heart you can’t say the wrong thing. Also, it is important to take into consideration the audience that is listening to you and remember how sensitive and emotional this time is. Including family and friends into your speech will create unity. If you have any other questions on the important of writing a eulogy, you can speak to our experts here at, Tindall Funeral Home

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