One of the ways you can deal with loss is with writing the perfect eulogy.
Losing a loved one is traumatic and it can take a long time to recover. This is why it’s essential to handle the grieving process with patience and allow your feelings to unfold. One of the ways you can deal with this loss is with the perfect eulogy. Here are 5 tips to consider when writing a eulogy.
The number one rule of a eulogy is to be sincere. You can never go wrong when you speak from the heart; just imagine how touched your loved ones will be at all the memories you will share at the memorial service, from the memories of old birthday parties to vacations, and everything in between.
Include Videos or Photos
A picture says a thousand words; photos and videos are great ways to memorialize our loved ones and to remember the special moments we shared with them while they were still with us. Pictures capture essential memories that we want to remember and cherish!
Sharing photos or videos can also portray what your lost loved one was like and helps others understand them better if they were not as close. Don’t be shy to bring out photos, especially the ones that may get a laugh.
Include Favorite Songs or Works of Art
A favorite song, album or other work of art is a great way to capture the essence of who this person was. You can even write your own in their memory.
If you do choose to write your own, remember that the key to writing a great song or poem is to take your time and let your feelings flow. As Maya Angelou so famously said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, what you did, but not how you made them feel.” So when writing the poem or song, remember all the things your loved one made you feel and let this carry over into your work.
Add Life/Career Goals and Accomplishments
Adding a significant life goal that your loved one accomplished is another great way to show how special and driven they were. Perhaps they were proud of a personal record they beat at the gym, or picked up a new hobby that they had always wanted to try. Or maybe they had worked toward a promotion at work and finally achieved it. Whatever the goal, sharing with others helps to make the eulogy meaningful.
Be sure to proofread, practice and edit your eulogy. It’s best to make mistakes before reading your eulogy in a room full of people, so practice reading it aloud with others or even yourself before the memorial service.