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Writing a Eulogy

Below are suggestions of details you may wish to include in a eulogy. It is not necessary to include everything listed below, and there may be additional things you might like to mention. This can be a good place to start if you are having trouble knowing what to say or where to begin.

Suggestions of what to include:

  • When and where the deceased was born
  • Nick names and/or names known to others
  • Parents names – where they met and married
  • Brothers and sisters – place in the family
  • Early childhood – locality, interests
  • School attended, awards gained
  • Academic or trade qualifications and achievements
  • Some interesting items about childhood days
  • Details of any war or military service
  • Details of marriages, divorces, children, significant relationships
  • Details of Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren
  • Details of any Club memberships, positions held
  • Details of sporting achievements
  • Details of any hobbies or interests, travel, craft
  • Details of historical significance
  • Preferences, likes and dislikes – activities, e.g. music, theatre
  • Any special stories, saying, qualities that are significant to others
  • Special reading, music or poetry to be included