Pay tribute and celebrate the life of your friend by writing a heartfelt eulogy. Reading example eulogies for a friend is the best place to start before beginning to write your eulogy. Summarizing your friendship and friend’s life in a short speech will seem impossible. By reading the examples below you will see how a eulogy is typically written and what information is included.
You should begin the writing process by collecting the information for the eulogy. Spend time thinking about the memories you shared with your friend, what he or she taught you, what he or she enjoyed in life and why you will miss him or her. You can also speak to his or her other friends and family to help gather information for the eulogy. They can help tell you more about your friends childhood, education, career, family and interests.
After you have collected the information for the eulogy you will need to turn it into a draft. The best eulogies for a friend are written multiple times. Your first draft will likely contain too much information, spelling and grammar errors, but that is ok. Rewrite the eulogy a few times until you produce the final version. Read your final draft aloud to friends and family. Use any suggestions they may have and write the final copy of the eulogy.
Before giving the eulogy at the funeral you should practice it a few times. Do not worry about memorizing the eulogy; it is perfectly ok to have the speech at the funeral. Remember that friends and family in attendance will be happy to hear your eulogy about your friend and you should not stress about how well your speech is delivered. When reading the speech you should read slowly, make eye contact with the audience and pause often to catch your breath.
The example eulogies for a friend below will help inspire you to write a beautiful eulogy to your friend. For more help writing the eulogy, read our articles on writing eulogies.
Example Eulogies For A Friend
To Male Friend From Male Friend:
For those of you who do not know me, my name is Marty and I am one of Kevin’s best friends. It is with great sadness that I stand in front of you today to celebrate the life of my friend. Kevin’s life was taken away from us too soon and it is hard to understand why tragic things like this happen to such good people. However, this is a question without an answer and we should not dwell on the loss of our dear friend, husband, son and brother. Today let’s celebrate his life and remember all of the remarkable things Kevin accomplished and how wonderful his life was.
Kevin and I met in University during our first year. We were paired together as dorm roommates and this was the first time we both had lived away from home. Kevin and I bonded instantly and helped each other get through a difficult first year of school. He was always there when I needed help studying or someone to talk to. We both got part time jobs working at the Starbucks on campus and saved up enough money to eventually move off campus together. I will always look back on university with fond memories and appreciate getting to know Kevin so well.
After university Kevin and I remained good friends. Kevin loved the outdoors and had a small powerboat. Him and I would take the boat and fish as much as we could throughout the summer. My favorite memories were using my truck to trailer the boat to some unexplored lake in the woods and spending the weekend camping, drinking beers, fishing and swimming.
Kevin met his wife Karen through my wife. We are all incredibly close and he was the best man at my wedding and I was the best man at his. When my son was born last year I knew that Kevin would make the perfect godfather. Kevin was incredibly responsible, intelligent and caring. I knew that I could trust him with anything and I respected him more than words can say.
It is incredibly sad that Kevin’s life ended so soon and I cannot put into words how much I will miss him. Kevin was a positive person and would not want us to be sad today. If he were here he would tell us to cheer up, smile and remember all of the great memories we all shared. Even though Kevin may be gone, his memory will live on in all of us forever. Kevin I appreciate your friendship and will never forget you.
To Female Friend From Female Friend:
I would like to say a few words about my friend Samantha. She and I have been friends since university, which was over forty years ago. She has always been there when I needed her and will miss her dearly. Samantha was a hard-working, intelligent, caring and very thoughtful person. She was very close to her friends and family and had a lot of people who cared about her. Click here to read the entire eulogy…
Reading the example eulogies for a friend above will help illustrate how a eulogy is written. Next, before you begin writing a eulogy for your friend we suggest that you read our articles on writing eulogies for some helpful tips and tricks.
Updated: June 26, 2012