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Writing a Eulogy:

An effective eulogy does not happen in just a blink of an eye. There are a lot of preparations to be done in order that the eulogy delivery will be effective. From writing the eulogy to the day of delivery, there are several things that should be taken into consideration so that everything will fall into place.

It may take some time before a person would be fully adept to create his or her own eulogy without needing any help, but if that person is a beginner, might as well check on this site for useful tips. This section of contains several guidelines that you can use when you need to create and deliver a eulogy speech.

Writing a eulogy, tribute or memorial speech has many different themes and styles. Your eulogy style will depend on who is being remembered and the nature of their death. Giving a eulogy while coping with the loss of a loved one could be a very difficult challenge. However, giving a eulogy is also like giving a tribute to the person you lost.

It is easier to prepare your eulogy if you know what style and theme to follow.

There are different types of eulogy presentation and the most common ways are:


Chronological or Life History – this type of eulogy presentation talks about the person’s life, awards and achievements. You talk about their experiences, share anecdotes from their journal that remind you of the person. This could be factual and may allow you to distance yourself from the grieving emotion you are feeling at the moment.

Shared Memories – these are your personal recollections. This could be easier to write but the hardest type of eulogy to present because this is based on your personal memories. You are not only talking about the deceased, but you may also be exposing yourself to the pain of losing a loved one.

Tribute – this form is usually used in obituaries in the newspaper. This type of eulogy focuses on the achievements and accomplishments of the person you lost.

Legacy – this type of eulogy allows you to focus on the achievements or projects that person is leaving behind; it could be his family, his profession or a project that he has undertaken.

Using Main Points – this is the most common way of making not just a eulogy, but any kind of speeches. You choose major points about the person’s life and use this to highlight your thoughts. Summarize the points you used in the entirety of your speech upon the conclusion of your eulogy.

Special Theme – there are different themes or concepts that you may use in the preparation of the eulogy: religious, musical, humorous, toasts, or given for someone unknown.

Religious themes are often given in religious funerals. A eulogy using musical theme combines music and words in celebrating the person’s life. This is a moving memorial because the music used is usually a reminder of your loss. Including humorous speech in your eulogy, you need to be sensitive to the type of audience you have and the deceased being remembered.

Funeral directors or parish priests are sometimes asked to deliver a eulogy during the funeral service about the person they did not know. They need to make a research as to the person’s life, how they died, and their achievements and about their family.

Giving a toast during a funeral service is remembering the deceased in a brief and inspiring way.

No matter what type of theme or style you use, the purpose of giving a eulogy is sharing a person’s life in one single speech. It is important to touch upon the life and the afterlife of the deceased. Involve your audience emotionally. Don’t worry if you need to shed tears during your delivery, it is likely that everybody listening were crying too.

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