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  • Funeral Celebrant Review – Peter Billingham

    Memorable Words Celebrant Bromsgrove

    It is always my privilege and honour to officiate at the funeral of a loved one. To take the time, to listen well, to find and tell the stories of someone’s life is a role like no other. To serve families in this way is a tremendous blessing. Though you don’t do it for the […]

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  • Writing A Eulogy Using Quotations – Everyone Leaves Behind

    Writing A Eulogy Using Quotations

    “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies.”

    • Writing and delivering a eulogy for a family who have lost a loved one needs great care and attention.
    • Finding the right words to say can be difficult.
    • How do you say what you know people will feel deep inside when simple words seem so inadequate?

    As a funeral celebrant in Bromsgrove, I am called on regularly to write eulogies for people I do not know. I consider it a privilege. Each person is unique and special. Each person deserves to have the time it takes to write a unique eulogy. It is the greatest honour to say some words about a person’s life. To tell their story in a way that speaks of relevancy and authenticity. I have been able over many years of speechwriting and public speaking coaching to learn how to do this with sensitivity and care. Researching and using relevant quotes allows me to find the right words that often say just the right phrase to build the rest of the eulogy around.

    Recently, I came across this quotation. It allowed me to use it as a foundation to speak about all that a grandmother had left behind for her family. It speaks about how we never forget those we love who have passed before us. Often it is the simplest of items that bring back happy memories. The quote is by Ray Bradbury, the American author.

    How To Use This Quotation In Writing A Eulogy

    Retelling the story of a loved one, especially someone mature in years, allows you to see how they have built a legacy. Here, I am not talking financial legacy, but rather a life legacy. The way that they have lived their life speaks volumes about their values and purpose.

    You could use this quote as a “bookend” to the eulogy. When you begin the eulogy, after your initial comments, read this quote.

    Ray Bradbury, the author, wrote these words.

    “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Or something you have had your hand upon. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that something, you’re there.”

    Today, as we look back on the life of XXXX we are reminded by so many things that her hand was upon. We can see her hand upon her family …. (expand upon how she influenced here family) We can see her hand upon ABC and so on. Then at the end reread the quotation.

    So as we look back to see how XXXX influenced so many areas of your lives, you will see forever that she is still there in each of those things. Her hand touched and her soul now lives within. When you look at these things, you will see XXXX.

    Using quotes in eulogies adds depth, originality and creativity. It makes your eulogies memorable for the families you serve.

    If you are interested in learning tips and techniques for writing a eulogy please contact me. Please sign up for my regular insiders guide to writing a eulogy.

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  • The Art of Using Quotes When Writing A Eulogy

    Funeral Celebrant Bromsgrove - Eulogy

    Writing a eulogy is a specialised speechwriting task. The responsibility to write the words that represent a loved family member is one to not undertake without care. You get one chance to get it right. Finding the right and appropriate words to say takes time, skill and effort. Especially, when each time you write a […]

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  • Why Many People Now Choose Peter Billingham As A Funeral Celebrant In Bromsgrove

    Why Many People Now Choose A Funeral Celebrant In Bromsgrove

    What does a funeral celebrant in Bromsgrove do? Faith and church attendance is part of the unique history of Bromsgrove.  People use Peter Billingham as funeral celebrant in Bromsgrove more than a Vicar or Priest to take a funeral service. Why is this?  This is because secularism changed the religious culture of the town. Bromsgrove […]

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  • Why Was Ken Barlow’s Eulogy Speech So Powerful?

    Eulogy Speech - Funeral Celebrant

    Why Was Ken Barlow’s Eulogy Speech So Powerful?   “Why is it that you never appreciate anything until it is taken away?” With those words, Ken Barlow (actor William Roache) brought the congregation and millions of viewers at home to tears when he gave a eulogy for his on-screen wife, Deirdre. What made Ken Barlow’s […]

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  • What Can I Say About My Father At His Funeral?

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    What can I say about my father at his funeral? This must rank as one of the most difficult questions to answer. Whenever someone we love, someone who is close to us, someone who means everything passes away, words seem unable to express the feeling of loss and sadness, emptiness and despair we can feel. […]

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  • What Are Your ‘Eulogy” Qualities?

    Peter Billingham - Celebrant

    Someday, somewhere, someone will stand and say some words about your life. How you impacted this planet during the days that you lived. What will they say about you? What would you want them to say about you? As a speechwriter, I work with clients who want me to put into words the ideas, thoughts […]

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  • How Does a US President Give a Eulogy?

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    President Obama is a gifted orator. He is an exceptional speechwriter. To write and give a personal, authentic and relevant eulogy is challenging at the best of times. To write and give a eulogy for the adult son of a close friend and colleague, on the world stage with millions watching, is doubly demanding, even […]

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