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22/02/2018
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Eulogies & Eulogy Writing

What is a eulogy and what does it include?

A eulogy is a speech of high commendation given in honour of someone, and comes from Classical Greek meaning “good words”. It is commonly given for somebody who has passed-away and which:

  • provides a laudatory written tribute praising the person who has died
  • shares and commemorates a person’s life in one speech
  • In it’s most basic form, the eulogist should describe their personality:

  • what made them special to everyone,
  • what kind of life did they live
  • A eulogy may also be given for a living person or thing, such as a recently retired work colleague, special events such as birthdays and other important occasions or milestones.

    Who does the eulogy?

    In the case of a recently deceased person given as part of a funeral service, the eulogy is usually spoken by the deceased persons’ children. It can also be presented by a family member or close family friend.

    In the case of a living eulogy, it may be done by a senior colleague, friend, fellow club member and so forth, and may also be given for a seriously ill person to celebrate their life before they depart as a mark of honour and respect.

    Ideas & suggestions for writing your piece

    Writing a eulogy can be challenging especially where they have lived a full and prosperous life.

    In essence, you should try to keep their memories alive and make it a living testament to their legacy.

    The more mature is your lost one, the more likely they were a pillar of strength and wisdom to whom your family network looked up to, which means that there will be lots of material to work with!

    Divide your thoughts between:

  • special memories
  • everyday moments
  • and relate these back to your audience who most likely shared similar times with them. Emphasise the highlights as well as the wisdom and life lessons you gained from them along your own road through life. Try to create a sense of interest that gives a clear picture of them, emphasising your love and respect as well as how severely you will miss their company.

    Writing a good eulogy that’s well thought through can help you to bring closure to your loss. It’s like a parting gift from you, to them.

  • Discuss the opportunities they opened up for you as well as the sacrifices they made to provide these
  • Describe their special personality traits
  • Mention the background of their life
  • What was your relationship like with them – best friend, mate, mentor, business and personal
  • What special advice did they impart from time to time
  • What were their values
  • What was unique about them
  • Did they inspire you
  • Did they impart any special wisdom or advice which has been life changing for you
  • Talk about their mannerisms
  • Mention their special eccentricities that you will miss
  • What was their philosophy on life
  • What did they believe in
  • What were their special interests
  • Were they successful in a particular area of endeavour
  • Do you recall any specific impressions they made on you or others
  • Are there any standout moments that deserve a special mention
  • Conclude with comments that are uplifting
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