Preparing for a
funeral in Detroit is naturally a very sad and emotional event. As a result, the idea of
delivering a eulogy at the funeral services can be daunting. With the
right approach and support, you can ensure that giving the eulogy at a
loved one’s funeral is a positive and moving experience.
Take a moment for yourself
Before starting to write the eulogy, take some time to reflect on special
memories you had with your deceased loved one. This will help you remind
yourself of the good reasons you are delivering such a speech. It will
also help you remember that anyone hearing you speak will be extremely
supportive and grateful for having the courage to stand up and express
your feelings at such a time.
Decide the eulogy type
Eulogies are either short biographies or personal views. However, there
is no right way to deliver a eulogy, so you should just choose the style
that most appeals to you. If you prepare a short biography eulogy, you
will consider the person’s life as a whole. Meaning, you start at
the beginning and describe when and where your loved one was born. You
will also want to mention momentous events in his or her life up until
the last days. This style allows you to touch upon different aspects of
your loved one’s life, while incorporating happy stories and memories.
If you choose to deliver a personal view eulogy, you will present a slice
of the person’s life or a series of snapshots. While you can focus
on your own experiences, it’s a good idea to include other people’s
memories as well.
Rehearse your speech
After you’ve drafted the eulogy, read it aloud by yourself a few
times. This will help you naturally notice any improvements to make before
the funeral or cremation services. To calm your nerves at the cemetery,
visualize yourself giving the eulogy and it going well. This is a similar
technique Olympic athletes employ to calm their nerves before running
a race or competing.