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A guide to writing a eulogy

What is a Eulogy?

The word eulogy comes from the Greek word meaning “ to bless” . According to the Oxford Dictionary it is “ a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, especially a tribute to someone who has just died” This can comprise of a story of their life from their birth until their passing.

This can include all the highs and lows, and the difference that they have made to the lives of the many people who encountered them on their own life’s journey.

Someone does not need to have travelled the world or climbed the highest mountain to have made a difference OR to have led a fulfilling and happy existence.

People often ask where to start? The easiest place is the very beginning.

Birth details: date and place of birth, parents and siblings.

Growing up years: schooling, favourite past times and hobbies as a child, sports that have been played

Animals, holidays. School achievements

Employment: occupations, accomplishments, trades, awards,

Where did the person meet their spouse? How long was the courtship? When and where marriage took place,

Memorable family moments.

Details of the births of children

Family holidays and activities when the children were being raised

Social activities

Favourite music, TV shows, movies, books


Values and morals

Why was this person unique?

What would they like to be fondly remembered for?

What words describe them and their characteristics?


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