Funeral Speech - A Few Things to
Remember When Writing Your Funeral Speech-Eulogy
By Margaret Marquisi
As inevitable as death is the need to talk about the
person who is dear to us. One day in our lives, we would
be losing a valuable person; as much as we want every
important person in our lives to stay, we will have to
face the fact that we all die- it's only a matter of who
goes first and who is next. And when somebody goes
first, the only thing we could do is to make his or her
spirit alive, his or her life known to every man. We
sometimes find ourselves left with the responsibility to
deliver the best testimonial on how well the person
lived his or her life on earth.
Since it is only through our testimonials that we make
the lives of our loved ones known, we have the
responsibility of delivering funeral speeches whose
messages would stick to the minds of those who will hear
them. We do not want to be simply forgotten when we die
ourselves. We would like our memories to linger for such
a long time, if not forever. We want our memories to be
immortalized. This has been the same for every people.
Funeral speeches are the highlights of every funeral. It
is at this part of the funeral that you see most people
shedding tears for the person who left the world;
sometimes they would laugh and smile at the foibles and
childishness of the person who died. The only weapon to
make the beautiful life that has ended to be made known
to other people is through funeral speeches.
Funeral speeches should effectively mirror the person's
goodness. It is an attribute to a very special person.
We all want the best for all the people we love. Nobody
wants to have a forgotten speech. Nobody wants to
deliver a monotonous speech that could make the
listeners drone into sleep. Even the dead would like to
be lauded in a manner worthy of a saint.
A good funeral speech cannot be written in a snap of a
finger; it has to be meticulously prepared. From waiting
for the inspiration to come to the day of delivery,
everything must simply fall into place. It takes a lot
of practice before one can fully be adept in writing his
or her own funeral speech.
Just like any other speeches, a funeral speech should
have a distinct style and theme. This would depend on
the relationship of the speaker to the person who died.
The speech may deal on the on the chronology of the life
of the person, a story of a shared memory, it may talk
about the achievements of the person, or the important
legacy he or she has left in the world. Every funeral
speeches' purpose is to share the life of the person.
The larger part relies on how well one delivers the
speech. There are instances when the speaker sheds
tears, and in most cases most of the listeners are
crying too. This is just a sign that they understand
what you mean and they feel for you.
Margaret Marquisi is a retired writer and fulltime
grandmother. To learn more about memorable eulogy
speeches or eulogy speech writing, visit her website.