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 eulogy when it is unique speech using memorable words.

Quotes can add colour, texture and focus when writing a eulogy. I use quotes in planning a celebration of life service as a funeral celebrant in Bromsgrove.

Coaching celebrants on public speaking and speechwriting is a part of my role. In mentoring new celebrants on writing a eulogy I use these quotes as examples. To help other celebrants improve their speechwriting skills, I will regularly post new quotes as I find them. I will then explain how you could use them when writing a eulogy. Please don’t use the same quotes in every eulogy, it does not work.  If you are interested in receiving a regular newsletter with more tips and ideas for writing a eulogy, please sign up below.

How To Use Quotes When Writing A Eulogy

This quote provides a signposted introduction to the conclusion of a service. It fits well before you get to the committal.

“As we bring this celebration of life service for XXX to a conclusion, let me read a few words from Anne Lamott. Today may seem like the end, in some way it is. Life for the family will never be the same again. How could it be? The question remains, what will life be like from this point forward? Listen to what Anne Lamott writes.

“You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”

Life will never be the same again now xxx passed away. But forever she will be held safe in your memories as you tell the stories and laugh about the crazy things she did and said. When you remember XXX, she will live in those memories. As a family, you will learn to dance again, but from this day forward, you will always dance with a limp. XXX will not be forgotten.

And so we commit …”

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