A eulogy is a speech given at a memorial or funeral service. It can be delivered by a family member, close friend, priest, Minister or celebrant and it commemorates and celebrates the life of the deceased. Eulogies began in ancient Greece and the tradition continues today as it is still very common practice, although not all cultures and religions include eulogies in their funeral proceedings.
The most important thing is to write from your heart and express what means the most to you. And remember you don’t have to do it alone - there are resources around that can help.
Eulogies may cover everything from early childhood, school days, career, family life – parents, siblings, marriage, children and grandchildren to personal qualities, hobbies, club memberships and highlights throughout the lifetime.
For a eulogy with a difference, here’s an idea. Complete these statements and you’ll have a really good picture of someone’s personality, their likes and dislikes – you’ll not only jog memories, you’ll create some laughs, brighten the mood and maybe even surprise a few people.
- His/her nick name
- His/her favourite food
- His/her favourite sport
- His/her favourite holiday place
- His/her favourite book
- His/her favourite song or singer
- His/her favourite actor
- His/her favourite saying
- His/her favourite piece of advice
- His/her favourite colour
- His/her favourite pastime
- His/her favourite TV show or movie
- His/her favourite pet
- His/her favourite dessert
- His/her favourite joke
- His/her best advice
And now to balance the books, you might want to add:
- His/her most annoying habit
- His/her pet aversion
- His/her least favourite person on TV
- His/her greatest fear
We have prepared a selection of example eulogies here to assist you with writing a eulogy.