Writing a Eulogy

While the term ‘eulogy’ sounds rather formal it is simply a speech celebrating the life of the deceased. Often people find the task of writing and delivering a eulogy somewhat daunting, but it can be a positive way to remember and pay tribute to a loved one. A eulogy can include simple reminiscences, war stories, or even favourite jokes. It’s about sharing memories of the life of someone you loved. Here are some tips to help you prepare a eulogy.
  1. Gather your material
    First, gather the facts: age, marriage dates, places lived, children, etc. Now think about your stories of that person, or the sayings or behaviors that reflect their lives. Talk with others, so the picture you present will include their ideas as well.
  2. Develop a theme
    Find a theme to hold the eulogy together. It could be your mother’s way of welcoming people into her home, and how she touched so many people’s lives. Or when speaking of a friend, you might mention the different roles they played: Mike the family man, Mike the businessman, Mike the team player, and Mike, a friend to many.
  3. Organise the material
    Write your thoughts in point form on 3×5 file cards – one idea to a card. Then group the cards into piles of similar topics and sort each pile of cards into a logical order.
  4. Draft your speech
    Write your first draft. It’s good to start with an amusing incident that sets your theme. Pay attention to your beginning and ending. It should be 4 to 8 minutes long – 3 to 7 typed pages at 14 point so it’s easy to read.
    As you write and polish the eulogy remember you are celebrating the life of your loved one and there we suggest, if appropriate, you may consider including humour or lightheartedness.
  5. Practice your delivery
    Practice your delivery by reading the eulogy aloud and timing yourself. Read it to friends and family and get their feedback. Edit where necessary.

If you are worried you might break down, ask someone to be ready to take over if necessary. Just knowing you have a backup may be all you need to get you through.
If you or your family find that you are not in a position to give the eulogy on the day of the funeral, please be comforted by the knowledge that the Minister or Celebrant will be pleased to deliver this for you. If you would prefer, a Collier Trenerry employees of your choice will be available to deliver the eulogy for you.

Coffin or Casket Costs

Many people regard the coffin or casket as an important tribute to the deceased and they are therefore selected with care. The difference is basically one of design. A Coffin have a tapered head and foot and are wide at the shoulders, with a removable lid. A Casket is a rectangular shape with a hinged lid. Caskets are usually constructed of better quality timbers and feature higher standards of workmanship. 

Costs outlined are GST inclusive.