Tuesday, April 18, 2017

How To Write And Deliver A Eulogy Step 4

This step is about assembling all the "building blocks", or pieces of information about the deceased, together in an organized way in order to create a well written eulogy speech.
A eulogy is a funeral speech, and like all speeches, it has three parts :- a beginning, a middle and an end. All good speeches follow this format.
The aim now is to write out the speech word for word, as you would read it out at the funeral or service.
Do not attempt to "wing it" from memory. It must be written down. This video explains why this is necessary.
It also explains how to resolve differences in views of the deceased from different family members. One may have only good things to say about the deceased, whilst another may not. This video explains some of the ways to resolve this.
A guiding principle in writing the eulogy is to remember what exactly the word itself, a "eulogy", is and how it's defined.
The word "eulogy" means "good words" in Greek. And whilst the deceased may have caused some of us pain when they were alive (hopefully only a small minority of readers), we want to go beyond that to find those "good words". Hint at the bad times, if you must, but dwell on the good points. After all, it's a final send off. Whatever differences you had in life, now is the time to transcend them. If you have to mention the deceased's faults, as some family members may insist, this video explains ways of gently and tactfully doing this.
Another important function of the eulogy is to comfort the grieving.
This video then shows how we assemble and edit the pieces of information we have, and to connect them together in a meaningful way. After this is done, opening phrases are added to the start, and closing phrases are added to the end.

If you're the only speaker, a minimum speaking duration of five to seven minutes is recommended, and a little longer if you can. If your eulogy is too short, it may be a let down for those present who travelled far and wide, or who took time off work, to hear the eulogy. The next step, step five, is "Rehearse and Refine".

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