Writing and delivering a eulogy can be a daunting task.
Not only are you already mourning the loss of a loved one, but you also need to contend with the pressure of saying the right things, then also getting up in front of a crowd of people you know to deliver it.
So how do you go about it? First, let’s take a look at what a eulogy is.
A eulogy is a five to ten minute speech delivered during a funeral or memorial service that paints a picture of the person who’s passed. It can be sombre and sad, or humorous and uplifting, depending on the circumstances. Either way, it needs to be heartfelt.
There are no hard and fast rules about how to write a eulogy – they can be as different and unique as the person they’re honouring.
You've most likely been asked to deliver the eulogy as you had a meaningful connection with the person who’s passed and have stories and memories to share that will provide comfort to others.
A good place to start is to ask family and friends for some of their favourite experiences with the deceased. Gathering stories from others who knew the deceased well during all stages of their life, can be a helpful starting point. Ideas from different sources can help identify a common theme to tie the eulogy together.