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Delivering Great Eulogies

Published: August 8, 2022
by Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation Service

If a close friend or a loved one of yours has just passed away, then you may be tasked with writing a eulogy to deliver at their funeral service. If this is your first time writing a eulogy, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by the whole process. Fortunately, many people struggle with figuring out where to begin and what to say. If you’re looking for some tips and suggestions, read on! Our cremation services in Lecanto, FL are always affordable and highly recommended by all who work with us. Give us a call or stop by for a visit to see for yourself what makes us one of the best funeral homes in the area! 

Brainstorm 

Before getting to work on your eulogy, we recommend gathering your close friends and family members for a brainstorming session. Be sure to have everyone feel comfortable enough to share their ideas about what your eulogy should or should not include. While it is not required that you incorporate everyone’s ideas into your eulogy, by bouncing ideas off of one another, you are creating a space for great ideas to flow and be built upon. Be sure not to be too stubborn to take advice as well. One of the biggest mistakes that people tend to make when writing a eulogy for a loved one is refusing outside help. Not only can this lead to a dull or lifeless eulogy, but it can also overwhelm you in the end. To avoid the stress that is common when writing a eulogy, leaning on others for support is always one of the best defenses. Embrace as many ideas as possible and even if you do not use them all, you can come up with your own unique ideas just by reworking others’ suggestions and thoughts! 

Introduction 

If you want to do all that you can to avoid putting all of your loved ones to sleep, then we recommend ensuring that your eulogy has a great introduction. No matter how powerful a eulogy may be, if it does not have a strong introduction, you risk losing your guests before your speech even starts. To avoid this, you’ll want to come up with something that will capture the audience’s attention early on. We suggest beginning with a captivating story that really captures the essence of who your loved one was when they were alive. By drawing in guests with a meaningful story, you are ensuring that you will hold their attention for the rest of your eulogy. Be sure to think about stories that really describe who the deceased was, not only to you but to everyone they encountered as well. 

Timing 

Another common mistake that people make when delivering a eulogy is preparing one that is too long. Remember, the eulogy will only be a segment of the funeral service, so it is essential that you plan the speech to run according to schedule. We recommend writing out and timing your speech ahead of time to last for about 10 to 15 minutes. If your speech runs over, simply rework it until it reaches a desirable time! 

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