Preparing to speak at the funeral of a loved one can feel slightly daunting, but it’s also the perfect time to share your favourite memories of a person who means so much to you with their friends, family and colleagues. To help you write a meaningful eulogy for someone special, we have shared our advice below.
Speak from the heart
There is no right or wrong way to write a eulogy. A great tribute comes from the heart, and will show everyone attending the funeral how much the deceased means to you. How you choose to write and deliver your eulogy is completely personal, so speak from the heart and share stories and moments you feel are important.
Decide whether to share facts or anecdotes
When preparing a eulogy, some people prefer to share a list of facts about the deceased to create a spoken timeline of their life. However, other people prefer to tell lots of different anecdotes and stories. You might decide to choose one or the other, or you may opt to write a tribute that combines these two different styles. Again, there are no rules: your eulogy should be a reflection of your loved one and how you choose to remember them.
Ask your loved ones to contribute memories
When writing a tribute for everyone to appreciate, ask the friends and family of the deceased to share memories and stories. There may be lots of anecdotes that you haven’t heard before, but many people attending the funeral will find comfort in hearing or sharing. This is also a meaningful way to connect and grieve with the deceased’s nearest and dearest at a time which can be deeply upsetting.
Tailor your words to your loved one
Perhaps your loved one had a wonderful sense of humour, or maybe they sought inspiration from poetry and literature. Think about their personality, likes and dislikes and use this information to write a beautiful eulogy tailored to them. You may even want to lead with one of their favourite quotes or share a few lines from a much-loved song to make your tribute even more meaningful.
Normington & Sons: Compassionate funeral directors in Wakefield
If you are planning a funeral for yourself or someone dear to you, Normington & Sons is here to help. As professional and compassion-driven funeral directors, we are committed to helping people throughout Wakefield celebrate the lives of their loved ones sensitively. We recognise the importance of planning a fitting tribute when mourning the passing of someone special and are on hand to offer an expansive selection of funeral services.
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