Above all, eulogies should be written from the heart. Some people prefer serious speeches honoring the deceased, while others would rather show the humorous side of their loved one. The most recommended eulogy is a combination of both, since death should be a celebration of a life.
A eulogy does not have to be perfect. Whatever you write and deliver will be appreciated by the people in attendance. Think about the deceased and the relationship you had with them. Consider the things you did together and what you will miss the most. Talk with family members and close friends to gather important information about the departed.
The eulogy could touch on their:
- Age/date of birth
- Family and other close relationships
- Education and working career
- Hobbies or special interests
- Travels and favourite places
- Special accomplishments.
Write your speech in your own words without being too formal. Practice reading the eulogy several times to become familiar with it. Before delivering the eulogy, breathe deeply and remind yourself that you are surrounded by loving friends and family.