Funeral platform for eulogyThe impact of a loved one’s passing changes the life of friends and loved ones. It often affects the living much more than they care to admit or show to others. That being said, if you’ve been honored with the task of delivering such a speech and feel you’re going to lose it when you get on stage, here are a few suggestions to help you survive it.

Jot Everything Down

Spontaneity and candor are incredibly rare gifts for public speakers. However, it takes a lot of practice for anyone to speak with these kinds of skills, particularly when it comes to eulogies. McDougal Funeral Home and professionals recommend writing a draft and editing liberally in advance. This will help you stay focused on what and what not to say on the funeral arrangement. Finally, keep your audience in mind because you’re speaking for their benefit and not entirely for yours.

Always Practice

Again, preparedness is the key to a well-presented speech. There are many movies and comedy routines that make fun of many eulogies, particularly because it’s done poorly by people who think they’re smart, witty, and well-liked. Oftentimes, with the absence of preparedness, you end up being awkward, misguided, and ultimately unappreciated after you leave the podium. Record yourself giving the speech in front of a mirror and watch the video. Be your own critic, then repeat the process until you’re satisfied with the results.

Be Ready for Tears

It’s going to happen. People will be moved by an honest, lovingly crafted, and masterfully delivered a speech, regardless of how funny or tragic it is. Sincerity can easily cause such emotional outbursts from your listeners, but you have to stay as calm and collected as you can. Remind yourself that you’re speaking for an audience that’s equally aggrieved.

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Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” What better way can one remember those who’ve passed than with a eulogy? Remember to keep it brief, maintain an appropriate amount of humor, and close with loving reverence.