This article on the purpose of a funeral eulogy for funerals is provided by Sydney Coffins. Sydney Coffins is a memorial product and funeral provider in Australia, specialising in unique and personalised coffins, caskets and Funerals.
Funerals and memorial services usually consist of a eulogy. A eulogy is a speech delivered at a funeral to warmly remember the life of the deceased person. It is usually a fond and touching speech of how that person made a positive difference and impact on their family, friends, and community.
Writing and thinking of what to write for a eulogy can be a very difficult task to do when you have lost someone. A eulogy can be comforting for the audience and it provides an opportunity to remember fond and happy memories during a time that is often overwhelmed with grief. Read “How Do you Write Eulogy – A Step by Step Guide“.
What Is The Purpose Of A Funeral Eulogy?
The word Eulogy comes from the Greek root ‘Eulogia’ eu- meaning “praise” or “fine language” and -logia meaning “speaking”. A eulogy is a speech which is written in praise, endearment of a person who has recently passed away. It is done to commemorate their life and as a mark of respect for their life. They are delivered during a funeral, wake or memorial service. Saying a Eulogy is an extremely unselfish act as we focus on the positive aspects of a person. It also allows people to begin the healing process.
Who Should Deliver the Eulogy?
Eulogies are usually delivered by a family member or a close family friend. If you feel that the task of preparing and or delivering a eulogy is too great you may consider choosing a person to deliver the eulogy in your place. Perhaps ask the people who feel were a person who were positively influenced by the deceased.
Should there Be One Eulogy?
The number of eulogies delivered depends on a persons culture, religion, tradition and the wishes of the family and close friends of the deceased.
A eulogy often constitutes much of the funeral, wake, or memorial service. Sometimes more than one person wishes to eulogise a person. Therefore, the number of eulogies and the number of speakers is entirely dependent on individual circumstance. One should consider how long you would like the eulogy/eulogies to be especially if there is more than one being delivered.
During a funeral, there are opportunities for people to speak and it does not necessarily have to be a eulogy. It may be a poem, or a story or a prayer. Consider for how long and when each speaker will speak. Your funeral director, civil celebrant, or religious representative can assist you in determining this.
Where Is A Eulogy Delivered?
A eulogy is often delivered at funerals, wakes, or memorials services. These services may be in peoples homes, a place of worship, chapel, social halls, or a cemetery.