Writing a eulogy is something that is always done under time and emotional pressures. The word "eulogy" means a "good word" and that is what you want to write about. It needs to be honest and recognisable to people who knew the deceased person whilst the deceased was alive. Keep your language simple and honest. The eulogy needs to flow like a good personal story. Bring in some of the stories others tell about the deceased.
Simple Guide to Writing a Eulogy
- Briefly describe the highlights & achievements of his or her life
- Write three nouns you would use to describe him or her. For example "William Wright lived his life full of fun, compassion & community service"
- Provide stories that typified these three elements of his or her life
- Report on his or her favourite phrases or sayings
- Talk about one cause or a movement that he or she felt strongly about & supported
- Recount what made him or her laugh or cry
- Name one value or lesson he or she wanted to teach the next generation & why he or she will be missed