Preparing and doing a eulogy or reading as part of a funeral service for a loved one is a meaningful and significant part of the bereavement process. There are usually a number of speakers throughout a funeral service who contribute meaningful speeches and readings of poems and verses. If you have been asked to give a eulogy it is important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to do this. Often the most important aspect is that it is personal to the speaker.
Read more for some information on the initial steps in preparing a funeral reading.
Talking To Family And Friends
Discussing the reading or eulogy with family and friends can be an important step in preparing for a funeral service. When writing a eulogy it is often difficult to know where to start. One useful step can be writing down treasured memories that could form part of the eulogy. Talking it through with loved ones can also be helpful as well as being an important part of the bereavement process. Often, the person who is arranging the funeral will have readings in mind. However, if there is a reading that you think would be appropriate for the funeral service suggestions are often appreciated.
Practising The Reading
Public speaking in any context is often an intimidating experience. One step that can help with nerves before speaking in public is practising the reading. This can be helpful from a number of standpoints. One factor is that there is a tendency to speak more quickly when giving a speech partly as a result of nerves. By practising a reading, you can establish a pace which can be maintained when delivering the reading. It is important to remember that a funeral celebrant can take over with a reading at funeral services if it is too difficult and there is always enormous appreciation for this meaningful and thoughtful contribution to a funeral service.
Get In Touch
At Callum Robertson Funeral Directors, we provide assistance with a range of funeral arrangements including offering funeral transport, providing assistance in creating a touching memorial for your loved one’s resting place and overseeing arrangements for the funeral ceremony among a wide range of other services. Our focus is on ensuring that funeral arrangements are as manageable as possible with a focus on creating a meaningful, personal and memorable ceremony to celebrate the life of your loved one with your family and friends.
To find out how we can assist with a funeral plan and to discuss the first steps, get in touch today by calling 01592 595 000 or emailing us at email@example.com and one of our team will get back to you.