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How to Prepare for a Eulogy

Published: October 4, 2021

Have you been asked to deliver a eulogy? If you’re not comfortable with giving speeches, or if this is your first time delivering one, then you probably are finding yourself stressed out and overwhelmed.

This is completely understandable after the death of a loved one. And it’s ok. We’ve got you covered in this post. Today, we’re going to share with you:

- What a eulogy is

- Who can deliver a eulogy

- Things to keep in mind when delivering a speech

What is a eulogy?

Eulogies refer to speeches that are given in honor of the deceased. When giving a eulogy, the speaker focuses on the best memories they have of the person who has died, focusing only on the positive aspects of the life that the individual has lived.

Since eulogies are given with the goal of celebrating the life of the deceased, make sure to highlight achievements and noteworthy contributions that the deceased has made to his or her family, friends, and community.

Who can deliver a eulogy?

Although you have been asked to deliver a eulogy, it’s good to keep in mind that you likely won’t be the only person delivering one. Family members and close friends of the deceased can also be asked to give a eulogy, as well as funeral conductors.

When deciding whether or not to accept the opportunity of giving a eulogy, take your emotions into consideration. Some people may find it too difficult to express themselves in that manner, so don’t feel bad if you feel you can’t deliver the eulogy.

Things to consider when choosing a speaker

If you’ve been tasked to choose those who will deliver a eulogy, make sure to choose individuals who know the deceased well and who can speak about the highlights of the person’s life.

In many cases, you may find yourself with a lot of options to choose from for the speakers, but keep in mind that you can’t just let the service go on for an indefinite period of time. To determine how many speakers you can accommodate for the eulogy, consider how long the service is estimated to last.

Another thing that you have to take into consideration would be the religious background of the deceased as well as the attendees. In cases where the funeral service is officiated by a clergy member, expect that the eulogy will focus more on the religious affiliations and background of the person who has died.

What a eulogy can include

Eulogies don’t have to be strictly formal. Some people may decide to recite a poem or say a prayer rather than just deliver a plain speech. No matter what you plan on including in your eulogy, make sure to keep your speech positive.


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