Funerals

In many respects, delivering a eulogy is more difficult than other types of speaking. The speaker must deal with their own grief while at the same time coping with the stresses and strains more usually associated with public speaking. Despite these challenges, delivering a eulogy can be a very positive experience if we choose to make it one. A well-prepared eulogy can help the healing and grieving process and brings a sense of closure to you and other mourners.

Articles in our "Funerals" Category:

The Eulogy

By Stephen Boyd | November 8, 2010

In one of Jerry Seinfeld's monologues, he said, "According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy." I want to help you avoid that kind of dread by providing some tips for delivering a eulogy easily and comfortably.

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Understanding Eulogies

By Speaking Tips | May 24, 2004

An important thing to realize is that eulogies of the dead must help the living. "Funerals are not for the deceased, who have already been released from the limitations of this world," Margaret Peale Everett said at her father's 1993 funeral. "Funerals are for the rest of us..."

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Delivering A Eulogy

By Speaking Tips | March 15, 2004

The death of a family member, close friend or colleague, whether expected or not, always comes as an unpleasant shock and stirs unfamiliar emotions of loss. We are never ready for the passing and even less ready to speak at the funeral or memorial service. Yet delivering a eulogy can and should be a rewarding and healing experience. A well-prepared and delivered eulogy is a great and compassionate gift to the bereaved as well as a heartfelt tribute to the deceased.

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