Funeral Speech: 7 Guidelines for
Writing Funeral Speeches
By Jim Peterson
A funeral speech is for many difficult to write. These
tips will help you to prepare speeches for a funeral.
1. Try to take you time and don't rush. Think about what
memories you want to share. Ask other people for advice
- family members, friends and colleagues - for their
memories about the deceased. Sure they will help you
with finding ideas.
2. Keep it brief. Two to five minutes will do for most
talks. Less is more, to cite an old proverb ...
3. Remember you don't have to summarize all events in
the life of your beloved one. Just pick one overall
theme. One that the audience will recognize. Good sample
funeral speech topic ideas for creating inspiring themes
His or her touching personality and all the things he or
she did for other people.
The values of the deceased and how they influenced your
Some aspects of his or her unique lifestyle or behavior.
The most exciting, funny and warm moments in the
relationship between the two of you.
4. Be honest in what you say and speak from your heart.
But no negative sentiments. There is no need for sharp
opinions. Only mention positive feelings and thoughts.
5. Print your speech off in large type. Then you always
can see where you are.
6. You can easily become overwhelmed by emotions,
there's nothing wrong with that. So, ask someone to be
your back up. This person can take over and read your
7. Write in a conversational, informal tone. Talk about
your beloved one in a way you should tell your friends
and write that down as a first draft.
If you use my eulogy template then see these funeral
speech as the main guidelines.
Jim Peterson has over 10 year's experience on speech
writing. He offers how-to guides for any kind of public
speaking and speech writing assignments and 1,250+ free
speech topic ideas at http://www.speech-topics-help.com.
Copyright 2006 Jim A. Peterson