Ottawa funeral homes provide many services to help people through some of the most difficult times in their lives. Sometimes this is helping them make tasteful and dignified final arrangements, but other times it’s simply giving advice for making everything go as smoothly as possible. There are aspects of a funeral, such as delivering a eulogy, which we can’t help with directly – but our funeral home in Ottawa can offer some advice.
If you’re called to deliver a eulogy for a loved one, it’s one of the most important moments in their final services. Here are a few tips to help make it a eulogy they would be proud of.
Five Tips for Delivering A Great Eulogy
- Start working on it early
Writing your eulogy will be painful. We wish it weren’t so, but that’s the case. However, this isn’t a duty that should be put off. As soon as you feel up to it, start compiling notes on anecdotes and stories from their life. Talk to other friends and family, to get more ideas on what to talk about.
- Keep a notepad handy
You never know when you’ll suddenly remember a great moment with your loved one, or another family member will bring up something you’d forgotten. Whether you keep your notes on paper, or in an electronic form, always be ready to jot down ideas when they come to you.
- Mix personal and shared experiences
On one hand, a eulogy is about your specific experience and relationship with the person who has passed on. On the other hand, they also shared their lives with so many others who will be in attendance at the funeral. Try to strike a balance between sharing stories which only involve yourself, and those which involve other attendees.
- Focus on their life, not their end
There’s no need to dwell on the unpleasant aspects. Keep the eulogy focused on positive stories about their life, not what happened at the end.
For many, this is the hardest part. You’ll probably get emotional. However, that will also prepare you for delivering the eulogy in front of others.
If you need more advice from an experienced funeral home in Ottawa, please contact us for any assistance you might need to ensure your loved one has the best possible service.