How To Write A Funeral Eulogy

A eulogy is the "sending off" message or the oral memorial given in honor of someone who has passed and 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 him, and personal achievements. It may also include his 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 guest 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 him.

Tell stories most remembered about the loved one. Include goals and ambitions they may have had and any personal achievements, special talents, hobbies, interests or life passions.

If the loved-one walked by faith, give examples of his spiritual walk and commitment to the church.

Finally, summarize your eulogy by sharing how much he will be missed. Close with uplifting and comforting thoughts by way of 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 planning, only available at The Funeral Program Site dot com.

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