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A eulogy is a speech or written life tribute in memory of someone who
has died. The speech is usually delivered at a funeral or memorial
Poet Laureate, Andrew Morton gives a more eloquent definition:
"The eulogy is the moment at which the deceased is brought close, and a time when he or she steps
away. It is at once a greeting and a letting go."
The eulogy includes the life history of the person who has died, details about family, friends, work, career,
interests, achievements, stories or memories, favourite poems, songs and quotes.
As a starting guide, the following tips may be of assistance:
To make writing easier, include information about:
Further writing tips can be found at:
If you're writing a eulogy for the first time, things will be easier for if you a sample to help. Sample
eulogies should be used as a guide for creating and customizing your own. Re-write them to contain your
own thoughts and emotions about the loss of the person you are dedicating the eulogy to. Here are a few
sites to get you started:
Sometimes it's difficult to write exactly what you want. Often people find it easier to use poems or song
lyrics which have a special meaning for them or the deceased.
You may find some of the following sites useful:
Did you know that public speaking tops the list of phobias for most people? Not spiders or heights - public
speaking - speech in public! It's normal to be nervous and have a lot of anxiety when speaking in public.
In a way, it's less normal NOT to have nerves or anxiety.
Remember, mistakes are all right. Recovering from mistakes makes you appear more human.
Good recovery puts your audience at ease - they identify with you more.
Don't forget, a funeral is one of the few times when an audience is sympathetic towards the speaker.
Many are very grateful they are not the one delivering the speech.
Here are some helpful tips for the day you deliver the eulogy:
For more information: