Writing a Eulogy

These headings are simply a guide to help you organise your thoughts. If you don’t know any aspect about the life you are writing about, don’t worry it doesn’t detract from the eulogy.

 

Birth

  • Name, nicknames
  • Date
  • Location

Family

  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Other significant family members

Marriage(s) or significant relationships

  • How where and when did the couple meet?
  • Date of wedding
  • Honeymoon?

Children

  • Names
  • dates of birth and places
  • Anecdotes of being a parent

 

Characteristics

  • Happy, easy going
  • Worrier
  • Loving, affectionate, friendly
  • Generous, considerate, thoughtful
  • Private, non talkative

 

Hobbies and Interests

  • Arts and crafts
  • Music
  • Mechanical or building handyman
  • Community involvement
  • Fishing/sport
  • Gardening

Holidays

  • Annual family holidays
  • House
  • Caravan
  • Camping
  • Travel in Australia/ Overseas

Life as a child

  • School experiences
  • Schools attended
  • Liked/disliked things about school
  • Sports or school activities
  • Activities
  • Guides/scouts
  • Sport outside of school
  • Amusing anecdotes
  • Tertiary studies

Work Experiences

  • Age left school
  • First job
  • With which company
  • Doing what duties
  • Happy?
  • Subsequent jobs
  • Companies
  • Duties

 

Other:

  • Pets
  • Grandchildren
  • Names
  • ages
  • Grandparent name?
  • Books
  • Movies
  • Television

 

End of Life

  • Onset of illness(es)
  • Diagnosis
  • Place and time of death
  • Surrounded by family or alone

 

 

Useful Websites:

www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Eulogy

www.dying.about.com/od/Funeral_Memorial_Planning/tp/How-To-Write-A-Eulogy-5-Tips-For-Success.htm

www.dying.about.com/od/funeralsandmemorials/ht/write_a_eulogy.htm