As part of most funeral ceremonies, someone (a family member, the priest, minister or celebrant) tells an abbreviated “Life Story” of the one who has died. This is called The Eulogy, from the Greek words “to speak well of”. Often it is difficult to know what to include and what to leave out.
Generally speaking, the main Eulogy should include
- a brief history; and
- some personal characteristics.
Some families use a video presentation in some form as part of the Eulogy. Sometimes a second eulogy is brought from a grandchild, lifetime friend or working associate. Some people choose to present this as a letter read to their deceased loved one.