What Is A Eulogy?

A eulogy is typically a speech but it can come in any form of a tribute or remembrance for a person who has died. It is usually delivered at a funeral service or a wake. A highly personal piece of writing, a eulogy honors the memory of the recently deceased person. 

Statista reported that more than 2.5 million people have already died from COVID-19 globally. Already one year into the pandemic and despite the expedited rollout of vaccines, there are still many countries struggling with surging cases and new variants of the virus. 

Components of a Eulogy Speech 

How does one begin to talk about a difficult subject like death? There are common elements when writing a good eulogy. These elements ensure an appropriate level of sympathy and tact.

Introduction: People tend to start off by introducing themselves. Then they briefly describe the person who has died and the nature of the relationship they have had with the deceased. Citing Scripture or inserting anecdotes, quotes, and proverbs are also acceptable forms of an introduction. Personal Experience: Recalling an unforgettable moment or describing the impact the person has had on you are good examples of sharing a personal experience. Narrating a light and heartwarming story also helps lift the spirits of those in mourning. You can go into detail about how the person has affected you personally and how much of an impact he made on other people as well. Life and Memory: If you are tasked to give a eulogy, take the time to remember the deceased person’s good qualities and positive attributes. Highlight the relationships he or she valued the most. For instance, a son gives a speech at the funeral of his father and talks about the faithful and loving marriage his father and mother shared. Gratitude: It is also good to thank the people who paid their respects, offered sympathy and shared in your grief. Expressing genuine gratitude to the attendees for their show of support will make your eulogy more heartfelt. Closing Statment: You can end your eulogy any way you think is appropriate. In Christian funeral services, you can end with a prayer or a moment of silence. You may also choose to end the same way you began whether that’s with a closing quote, an uplifting passage or a memorable line. All these will help end your speech on a solemn and thoughtful note.

How To Write a Eulogy 

Writing a eulogy speech is a personal experience. It may take some reflecting and sifting through memories. Use any of the helpful templates above to guide you. And follow these four simple steps to add a personal touch to your eulogy.   

Step 1: Start With an Outline

Decide on what you want your eulogy to contain. Define and divide your tribute into parts so it is easier to start writing.  

Step 2: Write a Brief But Memorable Introduction

It is not required to provide a title for your eulogy since it is a given that you are expected to talk about the deceased person. It is, however, recommended to introduce the person and briefly describe your connection to him or her.   

Step 3: Pay Tribute to Their Memory

Honor the deceased person by sharing memorable experiences you’ve had with him or her and by emphasizing their positive traits. For example, a woman shares special memories of her boyfriend, whose life was tragically cut short. She describes how he was an affectionate and patient partner and vows to love him even after death.

Step 4: End Your Eulogy with Gratitude

Eulogies can be short or lengthy. Sometimes, a simple ‘thank you’ is enough. Close your tribute by thanking those in attendance for their presence and support. This is especially applicable to family members who often need to tend to guests at wakes and funerals.

FAQs

What do you say in a eulogy?

The speech is meant to honor the life of the deceased and praise the positive qualities they possessed. In your tribute, note personal memories and relate it to the deceased person’s life. You can also express your sympathies to the family, if you are not an immediate family member.

How do you start a eulogy?

Start by establishing your relation to the deceased. Typically a person asked to give a eulogy is a family member, close friend or colleague of the one who died. You can quote a favorite author about the meaning of life and death or share a bible passage about eternal life.

What is a eulogy example?

Maria was one of my closest confidants. We were generations apart but there was something truly special about our relationship. She was not only a doting grandmother and a reliable friend, but the best listener there ever was. I know she would be so happy right now with all of you present to remember her. Our family wishes to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who came and gave flowers, food and assistance. Knowing my grandmother, I know she is looking down on us now with a big smile on her face.

Your eulogy is not only for your own satisfaction; but is also for the benefit of everyone who knew the departed in whatever capacity. It can be a deep source of comfort for those who knew the person intimately, such as close family and friends. And for those who did not know the person that well, they are able to get an intimate picture of his or her life through your heartfelt eulogy. Download a sample eulogy now.