Tips for writing a eulogy

Firstly, it is an honour to be asked to deliver a eulogy. While it may seem daunting task, most people find it a positive experience and way to express and share thoughts, feelings and experiences that honour and remember your loved one.

Where do I start?

When writing a eulogy, you may wish to consider:

  • Audience – who will be attending.
  • Tone – a eulogy doesn’t always have to be serious, the tone may depend on the personality of your loved one and their age.
  • Topics –  are there stories or anecdotes, significant achievements or milestones you could share.
  • Flow – organise your speech so it has a beginning, middle and an end, you may consider to structure the eulogy using a timeline or by theme such as personality traits.
  • Gather ideas – Speak with friend and family to gather stories and anecdotes, browse through photos, emails or personal items.
  • Review and practice – make sure you review and edit, make any changes and practice reading it out loud.

A eulogy is your chance to farewell your family member or friend and to show the relationship that you had with them. If you are yourself and true to the relationship that you had together then it will be a memorable and fitting tribute to your loved one.