A eulogy is a time to remember the individual whose life you are honouring. Here are some of the questions to consider when writing and delivering a eulogy:
- Who is the audience? Is it a private family or a public funeral? How will they feel? What do they want to hear? How long should you plan to speak?
- How would the person like to be remembered? Ask if any specific requests were written down by the deceased in a will or other document.
- What made the person special? Think about hobbies, interest, likes and dislikes.
- When were they happiest?
- Who was close to them?
- What did they look for in their friends? What did other people really like about them?
- What are their life's achievements?
- List three qualities of the deceased and illustrate with examples or short anecdotes.
- List three good anecdotes that illustrate some of the best qualities or finest moments of the deceased.
- Who can help check all facts?
- Do you feel comfortable delivering the eulogy? Do you want someone to deliver it on your behalf?
- Is anyone else planning on speaking? Do you need to avoid saying the same thing twice?
- Do you have a back-up plan if you are unable to deliver the eulogy on the day?
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