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Thoughtful Ideas to Help Write a Great Eulogy

Published: April 25, 2022
by Baldwin Cremation and Mortuary Service
cremation services in Oak Ridge, TN

Eulogies are a standard part of laying a loved one to rest at funeral and cremation services in Oak Ridge, TN, but if you have never had to write one before, you might not be sure what the steps are. There are specific ways to create a truly thoughtful document that will be honorable and authentic, so we have comprised some traditional suggestions to help you create the content.

Gather Your Information

The intention of the eulogy is to create a speech that helps reflect on the individual's life. You're going to want to include personal facts about their lives and share information about different aspects of who they were as a person. A few items to include are: 

  • Any favorite stories or memories you have with them or are in your family 
  •  If the person had any accomplishments or things that they achieved in different areas of their life 
  •  Success is at work or through educational experiences 
  •  If there were any unique relationships, they had 
  •  Hobbies or interests that they followed 
  •  A general timeline of their legacy

The eulogy is meant to be a way to remember the individual in a lighthearted and caring manner, so one thing to keep in mind is if you have any unfinished business or unresolved emotions, to leave that out of the document. You are also going to want to be aware of who may be in the audience, so choose your content in accordance with who may be listening to it. 

Get the Content Organized 

Once you have gathered all the information, you can start getting it organized, and a traditional eulogy will be one to two pages to the type or around 5 to 10 minutes when read it. It's good to keep it in chronological order to save on confusion of anyone in the audience, and once you've finished your first draft, you can determine if there's any more information that needs to be added to the document.

Another suggestion is to share the item with a friend or family member who knew the individual because they may have some different stories or insights that could be beneficial to add. They can also hear what the document sounds like as you read it aloud and practice before the eulogy to see if any errors need to be corrected.

Keep in mind that it's not uncommon for there to be more charged emotional states for others or even yourself on the day of the event. This awareness can better prepare you for the environment, so you are not caught off guard.

Professional and Caring Services

The eulogy can be a profound expression of love and gratitude for the individual, and it's just one aspect of the cremation services in Oak Ridge, TN, that can be included. All the details will make a difference for the attendees, so you want to ensure you are doing everything you can to honor your loved one, and we are here to help. We offer multiple services and understand what it takes to provide compassionate care, so contact us today.

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