How to Write a Eulogy

At Mattiske Funerals, we understand that writing a eulogy for a loved one can be a difficult thing to do and some people can find it helpful to have some kind of guide or examples to get them started. Here we have collected some information that might help you when it comes to writing a eulogy for your loved one. It is important to remember that a eulogy can be personalised and unique, so just take the pieces of information that you feel is helpful to you.

What is a Eulogy?

A Eulogy is a speech, usually given during a funeral service and a way to remember, celebrate and pay respect to a loved one. It will often sample some of your loved ones greatest achievements, personal traits, memorable stories and anything else that will help paint a picture of their life.

What needs to be included in a Eulogy?

There are no strict rules when it comes to writing a eulogy and it should be personalised to suit the individual, the most important thing is that it is sincere, and written from the heart. You might want to focus on the persons life achievements, family, share a story from their childhood, speak about your relationship with the person or highlight the kind of person they were.

Tips for writing a Eulogy

Writing a Eulogy often doesn’t come naturally, and it can be easy to get stuck or feel overwhelmed. You might find it helpful to write a list of positive things about your loved one, this can become the framework of things that you would like to include and give you topics to refer back to when writing.

Eulogy Example

If you are looking for a bit of a guide to help you write, then it could be helpful to break the eulogy into a start, middle and end. Here are some common topics to include in each section.

Start

Consider this the introduction, you may want to start with a favourite poem or something meaningful to your loved one and give some insight to your relationship with the deceased.

Middle

The middle section will form the main part of the eulogy. In this section you can include their accomplishments and major life events. You may like to talk about their family, share stories or fond memories and anything else that you would like to share about them.

End

At the end of your speech, you could talk about how you want your loved one to be remembered, or what they would have wanted to be remembered for and even finish off with a quote, poem, song lyric, and thank the guests for attending.

The team at Mattiske Funerals are here to help anyone that has lost a loved one create a memorable celebration with an intimate and personalised service. With over 50 years in the industry, our experienced staff are committed to providing sincere and compassionate support to guide you through this difficult time. Contact us today if there is any way that we can assist you.

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