A eulogy is the tribute which is given to honour someone's life. Usually a family member or close friend is asked to do this, and there may be more than one tribute in order to cover different aspects of the person's life.
You can tell stories from your heart that really speak about the personality and the life your loved one. There is no right or wrong way to do a eulogy.
As a helpful guide, the following may be useful to consider when writing a eulogy:
- When and where was the deceased born
- Nicknames and/or names known to others
- Parents names - where they met and married
- Brothers and Sisters
- Early childhood - localities and interests
- Schools attended, awards gained
- Academic or trade qualifications and achievements
- Some interesting items about childhood days
- Details of any war or military service if appropriate
- Details of marriages, divorces, children, significant relationships
- Details of grandchildren/great grandchildren
- Details of any Club memberships, positions held
- Details of sporting achievements
- Details of any hobbies or interests, travel, crafts etc.
- Details of historical significance
- Preferences, likes and dislikes
- Details of activities e.g. music, theatre etc.
- Any special stories, sayings, qualities that are significant to others
- Special readings, music or poetry to be included if you wish.
Ann Wilson's funeral directors are also able to help you with ideas for a eulogy.