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Losing a loved one is devastating, and brings a wide range of emotions to friends and family members alike. Writing a eulogy is both a beautiful privilege and a challenge due to the need to encapsulate an individual’s lifetime in a simple, moving and meaningful speech. Here are some suggestions that will help you craft a message that will evoke your loved one’s personality and bring peace and comfort to your audience.
Write from Your Heart
If you have been asked to write a eulogy, it’s likely that you have a close, personal relationship with the departed. Look around your home for photos, videos or memorabilia that have a special story. Speak with others and add their voices and ideas to your own. Most importantly, write (and speak) straight from your heart.
Create an Outline
Just as every life has a beginning, middle, and end, so should your eulogy. Your audience will range from individuals who have a deep and passionate connection to your loved one to people who may not know much about their background or younger years. When you craft a eulogy that touches on each stage of life, you’re allowing a final peek into your loved one’s personality.
Practice Your Delivery
No one expects your eulogy to be perfect, and it’s important that you give yourself grace, too. A memorial service brings to light many emotions, and it is entirely possible that you could become choked up and unable to continue. One way to reduce that possibility is to practice your speech in advance.
Finding exactly the right words to celebrate a life well-lived doesn’t happen quickly, and is likely to require some struggle and editing throughout the process. Sharing the details of your loved one’s life is a beautiful gift that you are providing to your audience. At Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, we work closely with grieving families to create a meaningful and moving memorial that is tailored to your loved one’s unique personality and your needs. Contact our caring and compassionate team today at 480-832-2850 or via email to email@example.com.