Being asked to give a funeral speech or eulogy is an honor, but it’s also scary. After all, most of us find public speaking challenging at the best of times – never mind at a time of great sadness and loss. Likewise, writing a funeral obituary (the notice that goes in the newspaper) is a challenging job.
It’s hard to write a good funeral tribute when you don’t have experience writing a eulogy or obituary (and let’s face it – how many of us do?)
I’ve got good news for you: writing a funeral speech doesn’t have to be so difficult. These eulogy examples that make writing a funeral speech simple and straightforward. You’ll feel proud that you honored your loved one in this special way, and that your eulogy brought comfort to everyone at the funeral.
Sample Eulogy / Funeral Speech Format
There is a standard format that all funeral speeches follow. Normally you write a paragraph or two on each of the following:
- Early life
- Schooling and work
- Marriage and relationships
- Hobbies and service
- Memories (this can be a bit longer)
- Closing (you may want to include a poem)
How Fill-in-the-Blanks Funeral Speech Templates Help
A template gives you the outline and flow of the funeral speech so you don’t have to dream up all the words from scratch. But of course, you want to personalize it as well. You do that by putting in the personal details in the blanks.
Perhaps it would be easiest just to show you what I mean. Here are some free funeral speeches and obituary templates with blanks for you to fill in. Feel free to copy and use these templates if they work for your needs.
And if you are nervous about giving your funeral speech (and who wouldn’t be?), here is an article that gives you some tips on how to deal with public speaking nervousness.