If you’ve recently lost a loved one, you may find yourself in the position of writing a eulogy for them. But few people actually know how to write a eulogy. It’s not like writing any other type of speech-a eulogy has to be heart-felt, memorable, respectful, truthful, and help to bring closure following the loss of a loved one. However, it’s very rare than a eulogy captures all of these. Part of this is the fact that you’re often very emotional at the time. Learning how to write a eulogy is difficult enough by itself, but when you add in the fact that you’re grieving for your loved one and it can see near impossible.
You can learn how to write a eulogy from several sources. Today, everyone seems to immediately jump on the internet to learn something knew, and learning how to write a eulogy is no exception. You’ll find many different websites online that talk about eulogy writing, and many even include sample eulogies you can look at for inspiration. Some of these websites are much more helpful than others, so you’ll probably have to spend an hour or so looking at various tips and templates before you can start writing. You’ll also have to wade through a number of unhelpful sites on eulogy writing.
Another place to learn how to write a eulogy is your local library or book store. A quick search should turn up a few books on eulogy writing or, if you can’t find any of those, a few books of collected eulogies. The writing books often contain exercises to help you get warmed up and brainstorming idea exercises that can help you collect your thoughts. These are very helpful in creating an outline of your eulogy.
The books of collected eulogies can also be helpful. Often, they can show you ways of incorporating humor or personal commentary into your eulogy. They can also show you how to write a eulogy that presents events that may be unflattering to members of the audience in a way that won’t upset them or make them angry. Talking about things like this is often one of the most difficult aspects of writing a eulogy. If you know your loved one would want such things said, you should do your best to incorporate them into your speech. On the other hand, if you know your loved one would not want an ex spouse mentioned, then you should respect that wish, even if it upsets the ex. These situations are just a few examples of what makes it so hard to learn how to write a eulogy.