A friend or relative may wish to say a few words during a service about the person who has died. This is called a Eulogy.

“Eulogies are for everyone. They are a reminder that each of us leads a life of special interest and value and that each of us is unique.” – Andrew Motion

In the past eulogies would have been delivered by the religious officiant in the mosque, church or chapel, a practice that continues in more traditional funerals.

However, increasingly funerals now involve some form of personal input from the people present.

Writing and giving a eulogy is a way of saying farewell to someone who has died – it helps to bring the person to life in the minds of the audience. Family, friends and work colleagues often speak about the person’s life, read poems they may have written, or read out a letter written by the deceased themselves. It must also be remembered that sometimes the emotion of the occasion can be too much for some people.

For the majority of us, writing and giving a eulogy is something we have no experience of and therefore we find it difficult to know where to start.