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How to Write a Eulogy

A eulogy is a speech given at a funeral to commemorate a loved one who has died.

If you’ve been asked to write a eulogy, take heart. It’s an honour bestowed upon you because of your close relationship to the deceased and because the family trusts you to honour his or her memory on behalf of family and friends.

A eulogy should convey the feelings and experiences of the person giving the eulogy, and should be written in an informal, conversational style.

As you prepare to write your eulogy, remember to write from the heart. If it is appropriate, include a few moments of humour or light heartedness.

Here are some points that you may like to include in a eulogy:

  • Date and place of birth
  • Nick names
  • Family members, marriage and children details(including Children and Grand Children)
  • Early Childhood (where did he or she grow up as well as interesting of funny childhood experiences)
  • Academic or trade qualifications and achievements (including awards gained)
  • Details of working life
  • Details of war or military services
  • Club and association memberships and achievements
  • Sporting achievements
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Details of any historical significance
  • Any special readings, poetry or verses