Writing a Eulogy

On occasions you may be asked to give the eulogy. It is an honour to be asked to give the eulogy and you will find it very satisfying to be able to do this for a friend or relative.

A eulogy is essentially an overview of a person’s life, a chronological sketch of a person’s achievements, from birth to their passing, their schooling, things enjoyed, leisure activities, work, goals, sport, family, hobbies, the special things in one’s life. It is permissible to introduce a little humour. Amusing anecdotes are almost essential in some ways, just to lighten the heaviness that can sometimes be evident at funeral ceremonies.

It is important that the eulogy be factual and accurate. It is important to have the family names and relationships correct. Most celebrants, if asked to present the eulogy, will check the written eulogy with the family for accuracy. This does take away any embarrassment associated with misinformation.

The eulogy should not be overly long, some eulogies are concise and take about five minutes, and others may be more in depth. Remember that funerals have to meet with timing schedules, particularly for cemeteries and crematoriums, so it is wise to be mindful of this.

If we can be of any assistance to you in the preparation of a eulogy please do not hesitate to contact us. We have many years of experience that you can draw from and we also have resources in our Bereavement Resource Centre for public use.