How to Write a Eulogy

Celebrating a life’s story

A eulogy is written by a family member or loved one to be spoken at a ceremony as a farewell or respectful tribute to the deceased.

A eulogy is best produced in the form of a typed copy in a large font for ease of reading and ideally no more that two pages in length. As a helpful guide the following points may be of assistance.

Considerations for writing a eulogy:

  • When and where they were born
  • Nicknames or names known to others
  • Parents, siblings
  • Childhood friends
  • Schooling and awards
  • Work history
  • War or military service
  • Marriages and significant relationships
  • Children, grandchildren and other relationships
  • Sporting achievements
  • Religious association, charity, community work
  • Hobbies or interests
  • Preferences, likes or dislikes
  • Special or amusing stories, sayings and qualities
  • Special readings, music or poetry