What is the difference between eulogy and obituary?

Because the eulogy and obituary is written following a passing or death, the distinction between the two is understandably not clear to many. There are, however, a number of noteworthy differences between the two.

An obituary is essentially a short life biography that is written by a family member for a newspaper or within a funeral program to announce a person’s death. It can also inform the community at large of any public funeral or memorial service, and share highlights of a life lived. An obituary can also be referenced as a Life Biography summarized, to capture major milestones or highlights within a loved-one's life.

A eulogy, on the other hand, is a written speech that is delivered at a funeral service. Eulogies are typically lengthier, and more personal than obituaries, as they are intended to share memories of a loved-one, that other family members and friends at the service, are able to relate to. The eulogy is not written verbatim within the funeral program or printed memorial, but rather is presented by a family member, close friend, clergy or officiant.

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