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How to write a eulogy

How to write a eulogy

The passing of a loved one is always a moment of sadness. A carefully written eulogy, however, can provide the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to someone by talking about their life and what they meant to you.

Being asked to give a eulogy for a family member or friend at a funeral or cremation is regarded as an honour and is a clear sign that you played a big part in that person’s life.

Although every eulogy is meant to be unique, there are some aspects that you will want to include.

Life experiences

Before writing a eulogy for a funeral or cremation service, it is worth speaking to relatives and loved ones of the person who has died. Think about what memories you have of them: the happy times and the times they inspired you.

It is worth writing all of these down so that you don’t forget anything.

An expression of the person’s life

As mentioned before, every eulogy is unique so that it can be a reflection of someone’s life. A major difference between eulogies will be the added meaning.

You may prefer to keep it fact-based; a chronological list of various events in a person’s life. You may, however, prefer to base the eulogy on personal anecdotes and stories that can reflect the true personality of your loved one.

Some people choose to include jokes in their eulogies, but it is important to judge whether this is appropriate for the funeral service or not.

How long should a eulogy be?

Most eulogies last for around three to five minutes – some, however, can be as long as ten minutes.

A eulogy of around 500 words can take three and a half minutes, while a 1000-word eulogy may last seven and a half minutes.

Far & Beyond provide a sensitive and personalised service to all our clients. If you need support in writing a eulogy, please do not hesitate in contacting one of our highly committed employees who can provide emotional or practical support in the aftermath of your loss.