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Eulogy

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on 21 March 2013

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Eulogy Speech Thank you to everyone for being here today to pay tribute to my father. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jonathan and I am Paul’s eldest son.

My father was an intelligent, hardworking, thoughtful and compassionate. A lot of people often thought of him as being quiet and serious. But he wasn’t always that way. He put on a serious face often, but that was because he was always giving 100% on every task he took. He did have a very humorous side that his closest family and friends would get to see. He could lighten up any room with his silly but engaging jokes and loud belly laughs.

Everyone who knew him adorned his caring and compassionate attitude towards life; and my brothers and I tried to emulate it when we were growing up. I remember when we were young he would always play games with us after work even though he worked so hard during the day and was often tired. He also loved to spend time with his family on the weekends. I always looked forward to the weekend because we would do something special like go fishing, camping, play sports, go to the beach, and so on.

No matter what the situation my father always took a positive attitude and was a role model. He would always say that family and friends are the most important things in life and should take priority. This is one of the most important values that he taught us and will remain in our minds. I will miss my dad dearly, but his memory will always remain on in my heart. Sample Eulogy for Father Eulogy
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Definition: a spoken or written tribute containing great praise in honor of a deceased person Things to consider


When and where the deceased was born
Nicknames and other names known to others
Parent's names, where they met and married
Brothers and sisters and their place in the family
Early childhood localities and interests
Schools attended, awards given
Academic or trade qualifications and achievements
Interesting stories about childhood days
Details of any military service
Details of marriages, divorces, and other significant relationships
Details about children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren
Details of any club membership, positions held
Details of sporting achievements
Details of hobbies or interests, travel, crafts
Details of historical significance
Preferences, likes and dislikes activities(e.g. music, theatre)
Special stories, sayings, or qualities of significance to others
Special reading, poetry or music to be included
Eulogy Content Here's a possible structure to consider when writing a eulogy:
Introduce the person by name and their relationship to you
State when they were born (and maybe where)
State when they died (and maybe where)
Explain (and 'show') why they mattered to you
Tell stories that are uniquely personal to the two of you
Share a story that you have gleaned from someone else
Show how he or she changed your world
Explain why you will always remember this person
Sum up with a final memorable thought
Offer your final goodbye How to write a eulogy: a suggested structure Relax! Challenging though it might seem to be delivering the eulogy, the other mourners will be with you and supportive of what you are doing. It is also quite acceptable to ask someone to be ready to take over if you feel unable to continue the delivery.
Place a copy of the eulogy in the pulpit or wherever you'll read it
Consider using a prop (a favourite possession) during your speech
Stand up to deliver the eulogy
Have a glass of water available
To help you get through the delivery successfully, design your eulogy to avoid having the most emotionally charged content at the beginning or end
Speak slowly and calmly
Make sure you have tissues or a handkerchief to hand
Don't be afraid to pause and regain your composure when the delivery becomes particularly emotional
Make eye contact with members of your audience; engage the whole room
Have copies available for people to take away afterwards
Alternatively, you could take a different approach to the eulogy:
A song or dance routine
A sketch or playlet
A short film
An audiovisual presentation
A documentary presentation
A mini chat-show presentation
Eulogy poetry or a short story? Delivering a funeral eulogy Writing successful eulogy speeches (think 'funny, poignant and loving') involves a few key stages, several of which will be familiar to anyone who already writes for leisure or business:
Seek inspiration (music, photographs or special places)
Reflect on the subject of the eulogy (just think about the person and their life)
Capture ideas without censoring anything (memories, quotations and episodes)
Write a first draft (don't edit as you go, just write whatever comes to mind)
Let your first draft rest (at least overnight; maybe for a few days)
Revise and polish the eulogy (probably with several drafts)
Read it aloud to yourself
Practice delivering it to a trial audience How to write a eulogy: tips for planning and writing
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