Eulogy Writing Guide
It’s an honor to be asked for delivering a eulogy (funeral speech) for a loved one. Since eulogy is the one of the most difficult speeches to prepare it becomes a little difficult or overwhelming for most of the people, specially when they have to speak in public.
But this can easily be overcome and you can deliver the best eulogy speech for your loved one. Your words and your feelings will not only honor the life of deceased person but will also be valued by others. Along with this it will also help you to soothe and heal the pain of your great loss.
Write & Deliver Eulogy Speech in 7 Simple Steps
1. You should always ask a friend or family member to help you writing the speech and should not try it all alone. Look at some of the highlights of the deceased person like any achievements, interests or hobbies. Or if any difficulties that the person may have faced and how those were overcome.
2. Make sure you have all the facts correct about the person, this includes dates, names, locations etc. More than any thing else try to keep it simple and clean importantly keep it real.
3. Collect material to support your eulogy theme, this could be any funeral poem, song , story or famous quote.
4. Once you have every thing ready you need to make sure your completed eulogy speech has 3 parts. (a) The opening where you will introduce yourself(b) the middle part where you tell the story and or recite the poem or sing the song, (c) finally the conclusion briefly summarizing the speech and finish it. The most important part is the middle part so you should write it first. Here you will need help of your family/friend to help you in making the decision about the material you’ve collected as which one you should use and in what order. After the middle part you can write the conclusion and finally the first part about your introduction.
5. Now so that you have written the eulogy you need to practice the speech. You have to read it infront of mirror or family/friend to see the effectiveness. Your speech should be fully reflecting the life of the person you are speaking about or represent the person. Every think should follow ideally and if there is some repeating or key points missing make amendments and read it again. Read it loud not fast and try to read it few times and test the time as well. Ideally the time should be not more or less than 3 minutes approximately.
6. If you are feeling any pressure or the emotions start to overcome have a glass of water. Take your time and keep some tissues to wipe your eyes or blow your nose. If you want have a sip of water again. You can ask a friend/family member to stand along with you.
7. Keep in mind that it’s your friends and family who are sitting in front of you. They will respect and appreciate your effort and will support you through the process with love. This is wonderful gift from you to them and a great eulogy for the person you are all here for.