We often give eulogies for our parents, siblings and grandparents. However, writing eulogies for aunts is sometimes neglected. Even if you only say a few words, when a niece or nephew gives a eulogy for their aunt it is well appreciated by the family.
A eulogy is a speech that is delivered at the funeral and pays tribute to the life of the individual. It summarizes their life and marks their accomplishments. It is important that the eulogy includes personal experiences with the individual. What are lessons that your aunt taught you, what are your favorite memories together, how is she remembered by others, and how will you miss her. Talk about their kindness, compassion, hobbies, interests, and other relevant information.
Eulogies for aunts should be structured the same as any other eulogy. It should begin with an introduction, thank you or welcome message. The eulogy then includes personal memories, experiences of others with your aunt, your aunt’s favorite things, how your aunt influenced your life, how she influenced others, and how much she will be missed by her friends and family.
A eulogy for an aunt should vary slightly from other eulogies. If you aunt’s parents, children and siblings are delivering eulogies, they will include most of the biographical information on your aunt (education, career, etc.). As a niece or nephew, you should keep your eulogy shorter and focus it more on personal experience and your own memories of your aunt.
Eulogies For Aunts:
When I heard that my Aunt Joanne passed away last week I asked my uncle if I could say a few words about her at the funeral. My aunt and I were very close, closer than most aunts and nieces. I always considered her to be a friend to me and I will miss her very much.
My first memories of my aunt are being at her house and eating her incredible homemade cookies and playing dolls. My aunt was so much fun and I loved to spend time with her. Aunt Joanne never had children of her own and thinking back I can understand why she cared for us so much. My mom and her were also very close and because of that we got to spend a lot of time at my aunts house. She would also look after us anytime my parents were out of town.
I am so happy that I was able to develop such a wonderful relationship with my aunt. As I grew up she was always there when I needed her. She was a friend to me and I knew that I could talk to her about anything. She would listen to my problems, offer advice when needed and simply be there for whatever I needed.
I learned a lot from my aunt. She taught me helpful skills like baking (I could never match her amazing talents in the kitchen), gardening and painting. I also learned a lot about life from our frequent talks (and debates). Aunt Joanne was an educated and passionate person. I enjoyed to debate politics and life in general with her. We often had lively discussions and I will be there first to admit that in many instances she was right. I learned a lot from her and will always appreciate that.
Aunt Joanne you were much more than a relative, you were a friend. I will always cherish our time together and everything you taught me over the years. I wish you peace and love. I will carry your memory in my heart forever.
Updated: June 7, 2012