How to write a eulogy

Posted on May 24th, 2018 by under Funerals
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How to write a eulogyConventional wisdom says that people fear public speaking more than they fear death. Delivering a eulogy, then, could be one of the most terrifying experiences of your life. Nevertheless, they’ve asked you to do it. Here are six steps to help you succeed.

  1. Brainstorm ideas. Start with the facts: Birth, marriage, children. Talk with several people who knew him well.
  2. Write an introduction. Explain your relationship to the deceased and acknowledge why we are here today.
  3. Give a short biography. (See #1)
  4. Tell the color of his life. Center it on a special memory, an anecdote or a memorable quality.
  5. Close with words of comfort and a final goodbye.
  6. Proofread your text.

While our source gives six steps, we’ll add a seventh: Practice. Rehearse in front of your mirror and with an objective friend who is not too close to the proceedings.

Michael Lope

Co-Owner, Funeral Director Michael J. Lope is a licensed funeral director and co-owner of the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home. Mike attended American Academy McAllister Institute for mortuary school in New York City. Mike was licensed in 2006 and began working with his family at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home. He currently works at both family funeral homes in Utica and Royal Oak. In his time off Michael enjoys golfing, skiing, hiking and camping. He is a parishioner at Holy Name Catholic Church with his wife Christine and his two children Andrew and Ashlyn. He and his family are committed to maintaining a family owned and operated funeral home that is a progressive and innovative leader in burial and cremation services.

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