After a loved one passes away, you may be experiencing grief and feelings of loss. These emotions are heightened leading up to the funeral. One of the most difficult tasks that must be completed before a funeral or memorial service is the writing of the eulogy. This article will explain the purpose of a eulogy and which person should give it during a funeral and some tips on how to write and deliver the speech.
What is a Eulogy?
A eulogy is a speech given during a funeral or memorial service that discusses the life and accomplishments of the person who has passed away. These speeches usually give an overview of the person’s life and discuss their accomplishments, memories, and other highlights of a life well-lived.
Who Should Give a Eulogy?
Usually, someone very close to the deceased gives the eulogy at a funeral, like a spouse, sibling, or child. In some cases, however, a best friend, neighbor, or former coworker or colleague close to the deceased may give a speech. Religious leaders, such as pastors, ministers, or priests, are also known to speak during funeral services.
Close friends and family who had a strong relationship with the deceased are usually the best suited to deliver a eulogy. However, if the person who passed away was very well-connected or a community pillar, there may be several eulogies delivered by multiple people. The number of eulogies delivered can also depend on the size and scale of the funeral or memorial service.
Writing a Eulogy
Writing a eulogy can sometimes feel overwhelming. If you are tasked with writing a eulogy for someone close to you who has recently passed, you may not know where to start. Writer’s block is a common occurrence in these situations, especially when trying to capture everything about a person in just a few pages.
You should always start a eulogy by introducing yourself and your relationship with the person who passed away. An introduction helps those who may not know you at the funeral understand your background and why you are delivering the eulogy.
Think about who your audience is and what they likely want to hear during the writing process. If the audience is primarily close friends of the deceased, sharing funny stories and warm memories may bring a smile to everyone’s face. Eulogies provide an opportunity to share stories about the deceased and allow people to remember them fondly.