7 Funeral Speech 
Guidelines for Writing

A funeral speech is for many difficult to write. These tips and suggestions will help you to prepare best speeches about a deceased loved one:

1. Try to take your time and don't rush. Think about what memories you want to share. Ask other people for advice.

Family members, friends and colleagues often have many memories about the deceased they want to share with you.

Sure they will help you with finding ideas. List those eulogy suggestions and ideas.

2. Keep your text to speech brief. Two to five minutes will do for most talks. Less is more, to cite an old but very true proverb.

And given the tense and emotion of the public speaking occasion a few minutes is the proper lenght in most cases.

3. Remember you don't have to summarize all events in the life of your beloved one. Just pick one overall theme. One that the audience will recognize.

Stick to the headlines and milestones of that theme. Offer insight and anecdotes. Good sample funeral speech topic ideas for creating inspiring themes are:

  • His or her touching personality and special character that distinguishes him or her.

  • All the nice and valuable things he or she did for other people privately or professionally speaking.

  • The (family) values the deceased and how they influenced your life over a long period.

  • Some aspects of his or her unique lifestyle or behavior.

  • The most exciting, funny and warm moments in the relationship between the two of you. This could be based on one of the other points I have mentioned above.

4. Be honest in what you say and speak from your heart. But avoid negative sentiments. There is no need for sharp opinions.

It is not the moment and place. Only mention positive feelings and thoughts.

5. Print your funeral speech text off in large type. Then you always can see where you are.

6. You can easily become overwhelmed by emotions, there's nothing wrong with that. So, ask someone to be your back up. This person can take over and read your talk.

7. Write in a conversational, informal tone. Talk about your beloved one in a way you should tell your friends and write that down as a first draft.

Then the eulogy speech topics will flow out of your pen and you will see that you come across more nice memories while composing the words. It is the only way you can speak right out of your heart and sound naturally at the same time.

See for more on this type of speechwriting and eulogy public speaking skills in my free deceased funeral speech template. Just see this as a starting point to organize tumbling thoughts about someone who you loved and care for.

And most of my visitors leave me a note saying that it is also a very helpful outline to share your memories in an orderly way. They think it is a basic primer to remember things and group them accordingly in a couple of minutes talk: