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Tips for Writing a Eulogy

September 4th, 2014 Johnstown Hearse Rental

Few things are more stressful and draining than going through the process of burying a loved one.  That said, the process also provides loved ones of the deceased with an opportunity to celebrate the life of their relative or friend.


One of the best ways to honor the memory of a deceased loved one is speak at his or her funeral in the form of a eulogy.  Certainly, there are times when the unexpected loss of a particular person makes it near impossible to gather the strength to speak in front of a funeral congregation.  However, if you are able to find the strength to speak and provide a eulogy, you’ll like find that the eulogy is not only cathartic to you personally, but also to many in the congregation that are listening to you speak.


But what exactly should a eulogy include?  How do you go about writing one that will properly celebrate the life of a loved one?  Hopefully, these tips will help:


1)      Write all of the things you want to say beforehand, perhaps in an outline form.  Rather than try to write your entire speech out, simply write down all of the key points you want to touch on.  Most often, these include special stories of memories you had with the deceased; a synopsis of the type of person he or she was; alluding to what was most important to him or her in life (family, faith, career etc., for example); and any other things that pop into your mind.


2)      It’s important to note that more often than not, the best eulogies are concise and not too long.  As the old adage goes “keep it short and sweet.’’  As such, after you complete your outline or brainstorming sheet, take a look at what you think is most vital to your speech and consider cutting or shortening the rest.


3)      Next, begin writing your speech.  Of course, you want it to feel natural when speaking, but it’s important to have it written it out to ensure you don’t omit anything or have your eulogy become discombobulated.  Once it’s written, practice a few times in front of friends or family members, or even in front of the mirror, as this will better prepare you for speaking in front of a large congregation.


4)      Remember, you are up there to help celebrate the life of someone that was very important to you.  The more you can convey why he or she meant so much to you, the more touching and memorable your eulogy will be.


Again, losing a loved one is always a strenuous ordeal.  But writing a memorable eulogy will help everyone get through a difficult day.



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