If your father has recently passed away you need to know how to write a eulogy for a father. Writing a eulogy is one of the most difficult things that you will have to do, especially when it is for your father. It is a very emotional process thinking of all of the fond memories with your father and attributes that made him such a special person. Taking these memories and putting them on paper in a well-word eulogy is not easy and hopefully the following article will help to make it less difficult.
It is important to remember that everyone at the funeral is there to pay his or her respects to your father. They will be happy to hear your stories and loving memories of your father and will not care how eloquently your speech is delivered. Try not to worry too much about writing and delivering the eulogy. If you read the guide to writing a eulogy and sample eulogy below you will be well-prepared to write and deliver a heartfelt eulogy for your father.
How To Write A Eulogy For A Father
The first step towards writing a eulogy for your father is to gather the information. What are your favorite memories of times spent with your father? What are your memories of him as a person? What are lessons that he taught you? Write everything that comes to mind and do not worry about writing down too much information. Next, we recommend that you interview friends and family members to collect information from them. What are their memories with your father? Ask them about your father’s interests, hobbies, favorite activities, childhood, education, career, family and more. Remember that you do not need to use all of this information, but it is helpful to have too much to say than too little.
Now that you have collected a lot of facts and stories about your father it is time to organize the data. You should avoid jumping around to different places and time periods in the eulogy. Instead, you should organize the eulogy into chronological order. Another option is to organize the eulogy into the following sections: introduction, personal memories, friends and family’s memories, your father’s favorite things, how your father influenced your life, how your father influenced other people’s lives, how much everyone will miss your father, conclusion.
You will likely need to write multiple versions of the eulogy before you have the perfect tribute to your father. After you have organized the information you collected, turn it into properly constructed sentences and paragraphs. Do not be concerned with the length of the eulogy, simply write out all of the stories and other information you want included. Next, read through the eulogy and remove any information that isn’t necessary and correct any spelling and grammar errors. You will now have a final draft that you can share with friends and family. Ask them their opinion and consider any suggestions. Make any last changes and then print the final version in a large easy to read font.
You should practice reading the eulogy aloud several times. The more time that you spend practicing your speech, the better that your delivery will be. You may also want to have someone else read the eulogy to you. By listening to the eulogy you may pickup on some mistakes that you may have otherwise not noticed. It is important to remember that you do not need to memorize the eulogy word for word. It is perfectly all right to have the speech in front of you at the funeral to consult when needed.
Try to relax before delivering the eulogy. Remember that everyone is at the funeral to pay tribute to your father. Everyone in attendance will appreciate any words that you speak about your father. They are there to celebrate his life and not critique your speech. When delivering the eulogy try to remember to speak slowly, breath and make eye contact with your audience. It is ok to be emotional and if you find yourself becoming overwhelmed with grief take a moment to pause, breath, take a sip of water, then continue.
Now that you have learned how to write a eulogy for a father you should read the following sample eulogy for a father. The sample eulogy will show you how a eulogy is written and will provide you with additional help writing your eulogy for your father.
Sample Eulogy For A Father
Thank you to everyone who is here today to pay tribute to my father, William. I know that many of you had to travel long distances to be here and it is a reflection on my father that there are so many loving friends and relatives here today. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Peter and I am William’s son.
My father was the hardest working person that I have ever met. He worked hard at his career, but also worked very hard at being a good father, husband and friend. My father was very intelligent, thoughtful and compassionate. He seemed to instantly become best friends with everyone he met. His positive attitude for life and outgoing personality made him loved by many. I remember when I was a child thinking that I had a bigger family than I actually did because I had so many aunts and uncles who were just close friends of my father. There were always people at our house. My mother and father loved to entertain and found any excuse to have a dinner party. From small weekday dinners to large weekend BBQ’s there were always friends and relatives at our house. I learned a lot from my father about how to treat others with respect, how to be a good friend and how important it is to have a lot of friends and family.
My father cared a lot about his career and worked very hard at it. He owned a pizza parlour, which he took over from his father. He was very proud of his heritage and worked very hard at keeping the family business a success. Even though my father spent a lot of time at the restaurant, he made sure to be home as often as he could to spend time with our family. We also grew up spending a lot of time at the restaurant. I learned a lot about business from my father. He taught me about the importance of customer service and how to provide a top quality product. I am happy to continue on the family business with my sister and uncle.
No matter what the situation my father always had a positive attitude. He was my role model and I was happy to listen whenever he had advice for me. He was always there for my sister and me when we needed, but let us live our own lives. He never made us feel like we had to work at the family business, but we chose to because we wanted to work with our father and continue the family business. I will miss my father more than words can say. I am glad that we got to spend so much time together and were so close. I will miss him dearly and never forget him. His memory will live on in all of us forever.
Updated: June 12, 2012