If you have lost your mother it is important to know how to write a eulogy for a mother. Writing a eulogy is one of the hardest things that you will have to do, especially when it is for your mother. However, delivering a eulogy to your mother at the funeral is one of the best ways you can celebrate her life. It is a very emotional process thinking of all of the wonderful memories with your mother and qualities that made her such a great person. Taking these memories and putting them on paper in a well-written 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 mother. They will be happy to hear your stories and loving memories of your mother 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 mother.
How To Write A Eulogy For A Mother
The first step towards writing a eulogy for your mother is to collect the information. What are your favorite memories of times spent with your mother? What are your memories of her as a person? What are lessons that she 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 mother? Ask them about your mother’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 mother 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 mother’s favorite things, how your mother influenced your life, how your mother influenced other people’s lives, how much everyone will miss the deceased, conclusion.
You will likely need to write multiple versions of the eulogy before you have the perfect tribute to your mother. 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 mother. Everyone in attendance will appreciate any words that you speak about your mother. They are there to celebrate her 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 mother you should read the following sample eulogy for a mother. The sample eulogy will show you how a eulogy is written and will provide you with additional help writing your eulogy for your mother.
Sample Eulogy For A Mother
I am happy to see so many people here today to pay their respects to my mother, Jane. Seeing so many loving friends and relatives shows how wonderful a person my mother was. For those of you here that do not know me, my name is Cynthia and I am Jane’s eldest daughter.
When I first heard of my mother’s passing I was obviously distraught. I knew that I wanted to deliver a eulogy at her funeral bit didn’t know if I would have the strength to do so. It was very difficult when I sat down on the weekend and started to think about all of the wonderful memories with my mother. But as I continued to write down these memories I realized how much she positively touched so many lives. I knew that the best way that I could pay tribute to her life would be to share those memories today.
My mother’s favorite quote was “It is more blessed to give than to receive” and she lived her life by these words. My mother grew up poor and her father left her when she was only a few years old. She grew up with two siblings and a single mother. Because of their situation and my mother being the oldest, she had to take on a lot of responsibility at an early age. My mother got a job when she was 14 and helped to raise her siblings. Her mother worked two jobs and my mother often cooked dinner and looked after her brother and sister at night. This would have been too much for most people, but my mother always remained positive and had a smile on her face. Even though they were poor, she knew there were a lot of people in the world worse of.
These values my mom passed down to me and my brothers as well as her family and friends. It was impossible not to respect her and everything she accomplished in her life. Even though her childhood was difficult she went to college, had a successful career and family.
I am very proud of my mother. She taught me a lot about balancing work and family. She was a well-respected wife, mother, coworker, and friend. Even though she worked hard at her career she always made an effort to spend time with her friends and family. She was always there whenever anyone needed her. Whether it was someone to talk to, or help with a task, she never asked why and was quick to help. I remember when my car broke down one afternoon and I didn’t have enough money on me to pay for a tow truck and get a taxi home. My mom left work and rushed over to make sure that I was OK. I also remember having trouble will school, or boy problems, and no matter what the problem was I knew I could talk to her.
I will miss my mother will all of my heart and will always cherish the time we spent together. She was always there when I needed her and was the most loving and caring mother in the world. Even though she is gone her memory will live on in all of our hearts forever.
Updated: June 13, 2012