Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult ordeals that people go through. There are lots of things that can be said about the departed relative. There may be some negative attributes of the departed person that remain in the memory of the family members. Well, when it comes to writing and even reading the eulogy of the departed person, a lot of things need to be considered. It is for this reason that one needs to learn how to write a eulogy or hire a professional eulogy writer to do the work for you. All in all, when a eulogy is finally written, we need to consider the feelings of the family members and incorporate these into the eulogy.
In this article, we shall discuss some tips that can help you write a memorable eulogy. We need to be clear on what can be said in a eulogy and what should not.
Here are 5 tips to consider when writing a memorable eulogy
- Consider the departed person
This is one of the first things one needs to consider as one writes a eulogy. Think about the person and his personality. What made them what they were? What can you say about the spirit of the dead person? Are there anecdotes that come to mind when you think about the person? Jot these down and let them be part of the eulogy. You want to talk about the positive attributes of the departed person. If you struggle with information about the person, you can consult close people like family members who know the person better.
- Consider the audience
The audience simply refers to the people who will listen to the eulogy as it is readout. What does the audience need to hear? What don’t they want to hear about the departed person? Depending on the attributes of the departed person, or how they died, you may realize that the audience and more so the family members may want some things left out of the eulogy. As such, consult widely and be sure of what to include in the funeral speech.
- Collect the stories and memories in advance
This can be the brainstorming stage of writing the eulogy. You can consult the family and friends to reminisce on the life and times of the departed person. Make notes on what points to cover in the eulogy. Review each of the points and ensure they are fit for the final message. To achieve this, you need to schedule your time appropriately and ensure you get everything right.
- Write in your voice
This is a very important aspect of the speech. Write the eulogy in a conversational style. Let it sound like you are talking to a friend. This need not be perfect and as such, you need not struggle to achieve it. Be gentle with your writing style and take time. Use a pen and paper if you are not comfortable writing on your computer.
- Consider the structure of the eulogy
The structure of the eulogy has a bearing on how organized it will be. You could choose to organize the eulogy based on chronological order. Here, you mention the events of the life of the person from childhood to adulthood. You could also choose to arrange the events based on a thematic structure.
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