Writing a eulogy is probably one of the most difficult things that you are going to have to do for someone, and yet it can be one of the most fulfilling as well. After all, writing a eulogy about a deceased person means that you would need to be candidly honest with your feelings about that person. At the same time, however, you need to face other people, so you have to consider the audience as well. Don’t worry; a eulogy is simply a speech that commemorates the death of someone you love. A eulogy is often presented at a memorial service or at the funeral of the loved one.
Why is it that someday you will have to write a eulogy? It is because of a very simple and comprehensible reason: death is inevitable. The death of someone you love dearly, especially when that person is old already, cannot be avoided. That is why you’ll have to be always ready to write a eulogy, especially when the person to be talked about has just passed away and there is still a general feeling of sadness all around you. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be writing a eulogy.
If you’re the one who will be write and delivering the eulogy, then you are probably wondering what you can include in your eulogy. The following can be included to produce a touching tribute to your loved one:
1. A brief history of the life of the deceased.
2. The most important details regarding their family, friends, career, and the likes of the person who has just passed away.
3. The fondest memories and achievements that the person who has just passed away has held.
4. The values that the person who has passed away has upheld for his or her entire life.
5. Some of the deceased’s favourite music lyrics, poems, hymns, prayers and quotes.
At the very least these are the things that you should place. Next, when writing a eulogy, the following are some simple steps that you can follow to ensure that you complete the eulogy properly:
1. Include your own memories with the deceased person; that will tell a story to the audience, and many people prefer stories to listings of details and accomplishments.
2. Gather all details about the deceased person that you could gather, and then organize them into chronological order, such as: childhood, education, career, marriage, family, achievements, interests, and so on.
3. Write the eulogy, and then revise as needed. Make sure that your eulogy is polished because you only have one chance to deliver it. If possible get somebody who is trustworthy to review your draft and propose suggestions.
4. Practice your delivery, preferably in front of someone who can comment on your performance.
Writing a eulogy is one of the kindest acts that you can do for a deceased loved one. With your eulogy, you can ensure that your words about your loved one will be happily embedded in the memories of the audience.
When you only have one chance to get it right, deliver a eulogy that truly honors your loved one and leaves people touched and moved. Click the following link for a 6-step guide to writing and delivering a eulogy.
Updated: May 14, 2012