Delivering a eulogy is a solemn and important honor, which is why many people find the task intimidating. With forethought and planning, you’ll be able to properly celebrate the life and impact of the lost loved one. The guidance below will help you deliver a speech at a funeral.
How to Deliver a Funeral Eulogy
1. Choose Your Speech Type
There are two main types of eulogies. Choosing one of these two approaches will help you get started.
The first type is a life history, in which you share a brief overview of their entire life and all their finest accomplishments. This is often a good choice if you didn’t have a close personal relationship with the deceased.
The other type is more personal and goes into more depth. Pick a few meaningful shared memories that reflect who they were as a person and the impact they had on those around them. Sharing funny memories can be poignant, but keep in mind that it may not be appropriate in every context. If you plan to use humor, run it by a trusted friend to check for tone and sensitivity first.
2. Write It Down
It’s wise to write down your words, even if you’re an experienced public speaker. Not only does this help you remember what you want to say, but it also helps you organize your thoughts and identify themes that can structure your eulogy. Once you’ve written it down, practice it in front of the mirror. Preparation keeps nerves at bay.
3. Pick a Few Targets
When it comes time to deliver the speech, choose a few of your loved ones in the audience, and switch between looking at them as you deliver your speech. Looking up as you talk engages your audience and can be reassuring.
It’s normal to feel emotional while delivering a eulogy. Don’t worry if you need to stop and take a breath to collect yourself. Having a few friendly faces in the crowd to look at as you do this will help.
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