Two ways that funeral directors can help those who need to write eulogies for funerals


When a person passes away, one of the people involved in the arrangement of that person's funeral will have to write and deliver a eulogy. Here are some ways in which funeral directors are able to help those who have been asked to do this.

They can offer suggestions about what to include (or exclude) from a eulogy

Whilst there is plenty of advice about how to write eulogies online, it's a good idea for a person who needs to create one to ask a funeral director for some guidance on this matter. The reason for this is that, whilst funeral directors do not write eulogies, most have heard hundreds of them during the years that they have run their funeral homes. Because of this, they know exactly what type of eulogy content is appropriate and will be well-received at a funeral.

As such, this professional is the best person for someone to seek advice from when they're writing a eulogy. If a person approaches the funeral home director after writing a rough first draft and gives him or her some idea of what the deceased person was like, the director can then read it and help them to write a perfect final draft.

If for example, this person explains that the deceased had a great sense of humour and loved to laugh, the funeral director might suggest including one or two gentle jokes or a humorous anecdote about the deceased. Conversely, if this person describes the deceased as having quite a serious demeanour, then the director may advise them to cut out any anecdotes that could be considered crass. This professional can also advise them about how long the eulogy should be and what topics should be avoided (such as anything excessively personal or negative about the deceased's life or their immediate family).

They can help them to decide when to deliver the eulogy

The person who writes the eulogy will typically be a close relative of the deceased and so will also normally be involved in other aspects of the funeral arrangements, too. They may, for example, need to create the order of service. When they're doing this, they will need to decide when they will deliver the eulogy. This is another task that a funeral director can help them with.

For example, if the deceased died in tragic circumstances and the eulogy is, therefore, extremely sombre in tone and makes several references to this tragedy, then hearing it will probably make many guests weep. As such, the director might advise the person delivering it to do so towards the end of the service, instead of in the middle, so that the crying guests do not have to leave the funeral home midway through the event to compose themselves.

To learn more, contact a funeral director.


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