What do I include in a eulogy? How do I organize the content? How should the eulogy flow? All of these and more are popular questions when it comes to writing a funeral speech. Here we rundown a popular eulogy format to help you ensure that all of your key basis are covered. Having a plan from the start always helps so let’s get going.
Eulogy Format – What to Include in your Funeral Speech
In this phase you’ll want to consider including the following types of information:
- Opening poem or quote, select something short. Something that allows you to ease into the flow of speaking to this audience about this topic.
- Introduce yourself and briefly explain your relationship with the departed. This is not about you but will help to explain why you are presenting the eulogy.
- Express gratitude for those in attendance. Let everyone know that their presence is itself a tribute.
- Acknowledge the loss and express your personal condolences to family and close friends.
Body of the Eulogy – This is your primary message
In this phase you’ll include the following types of content:
- Explain what makes the deceased special and unique – don’t just say the person was special but tell stories that bring that special feature or characteristic to life.
- Use stories to illustrate a couple of the key characteristics
- Share personal points of interest to the deceased; hobbies, passions, talents, special accomplishments
Provide comfort and offer uplifting thoughts
In this phase you’ll want to include the following types of content:
- Comforting Bible Verse
- Funeral Poem
- Funeral Quote
In this phase you’ll want to include the following:
- Summarize your presentation into a couple key points you want the audience to remember about the deceased.
- Restate your condolences
- Say goodbye to the deceased
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