A eulogy is a way to honor the memory of a lost loved one at their funeral or memorial service. It’s a tribute speech to family and friends, giving an overview of your loved one’s life and expressing how much they meant to you.
Most eulogies are delivered by someone who knew the deceased well – a close family member or friend – but if this person becomes too emotional to read their speech, another person can step in. The officiant at the service or the funeral director is commonly asked to help in this situation.
Many attendees may not know the deceased well or may have only known them for a short time. A eulogy is an opportunity to share your love for this person and shed some light on what they were like, and how they lived their life.
While a eulogy is not mandatory, it can be the most important part of the service and can help everyone in attendance grieve in a positive way.
It is a great honor to be chosen to deliver the eulogy; it speaks directly to your character. Honoring the memory of a loved one by sharing their life story and accomplishments here on earth is the ultimate way of saying farewell.