Need to write a eulogy? It doesn’t need to be overwhelming.
Here are some things you may consider including. Use it as a template – fill out the information for those areas that are relevant, then bring it together in the order you would like to deliver it.
The best eulogies follow the four ‘H’s: honest and heartfelt, with humanity and a touch of humour.
- When and where was they were born
- Nicknames and/or names they are known by to others
- Parents names; where they met and married
- Brothers and sisters
- Early childhood – localities and interests
- Schools attended, awards gained
- Academic or trade qualifications; achievements
- Anecdotes about childhood days
- Details of any war or military service
- Marriages, divorces, children, significant relationships
- Grandchildren/great grandchildren
- Their faith, church membership and favourite verses
- Sporting moments or achievements
- Hobbies, interests, travel, crafts etc.
- Details of historical significance
- Preferences, likes and dislikes
- Activities they enjoyed, e.g. music, theatre, gardening etc.
- Special stories or qualities that are significant to others
- Phrases, sayings or expressions they often used
- Meaningful readings, music, or poetry