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Eulogy Outline


A notebook and pen

If you are tasked with writing a eulogy for a friend or loved one and have no idea how to begin, follow this general outline. If your purpose is to reflect upon the overall life of the person, then think about presenting the information chronologically as this outline does. Details about the person's character can be dispersed throughout the speech and memorable stories can be placed wherever you deem appropriate for maintaining a proper flow of the narrative. The following outline is simply meant to help you understand the type of information that generally goes into a eulogy.


INTRODUCTION

  • Introduce yourself and identify your relationship with the deceased.

  • Thank everyone for attending the service. If you are a friend, offer condolences to the family of the deceased.

If you're interested in being more creative with the introduction, click here for a few great ideas.


EARLY YEARS

  • Date and location of birth

  • Location (town/city) where the deceased grew up

  • Description of family, childhood experiences, pastimes, etc.

  • Education (high school, college)

  • Employment, active military service, etc.

  • Recall a memorable story that happened during this time.

MIDDLE YEARS

  • Marriage, children, etc.

  • Identify struggles and triumphs along the way.

  • Recall a memorable story that happened during this time.

LATER YEARS

  • Grandchildren, retirement, volunteerism, activities, etc.

  • Recall a memorable story that happened during this time.

CHARACTER

  • Identify special qualities or characteristics. Provide specific examples if possible.

  • Special goals/ambitions, personal achievements, talents, hobbies, passions, etc.

  • If religious, give an example of his/her faith. Favorite Scripture, psalm, etc.

LEGACY

  • Identify what you have learned from the person. How has he/she helped/impacted you or others?

  • Think about the overall legacy the person is leaving behind. For what would you like him/her to be remembered? Maybe it's his/her compassion for others, generosity, perseverance, or accomplishments. Maybe it's his/her sense of humor or talent for making people smile.

CONCLUSION

  • End by expressing how much he/she will be missed by you and others and how grateful you are for having known him/her.

If you feel that you'd rather hire a writer to help you create the perfect eulogy, then contact me directly. I'll provide you with a complete draft within 24 hours, giving you plenty of time for practicing.


Margaret McDonnell

Founder/Writer, In Tribute Eulogy Services

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