How To Write A Eulogy Or Funeral Speech





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Researching The Eulogy

We are all complex beings. A spouse knows a person like no other but a close friend may have a very different relationship. Workmates likewise. Parents, children, more distant relatives and friends also have varied impressions and experiences. We all have our good points, flaws and annoyances. Even the latter qualities may be touched on with fond remembrance. The important things in researching for a eulogy are accuracy and intimacy.

Many years ago I attended the funeral of an uncle who had served in World War II. The eulogy was delivered by the minister on roster at the crematorium and, picking up on the coffin draped in the Australian flag, he waxed lyrical about Norman going face to face with the enemy so that we all can enjoy the freedom we have today. Norm did wear a uniform, but it didn't see much action outside of an office in Darwin.

You will undoubtedly find common 'threads' when asking people for their personal memories, which will give a 'feel' for your speech. Get a pad and ring or chat to family, friends and colleagues - be methodical (you don't want to leave anyone/anything out by mistake). Detail the spouse(s), children, grandchildren even pets. Trace the person's life through school, tertiary education, to the workplace and career(s). Note any sports, hobbies, community groups or particular passions. Where had the person lived/travelled? Are their any special achievements/accomplishments?

With very few exceptions, people have good qualities and have accomplished something with their lives.

Once you have this, it is time to cobble everything together and do the writing.






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