The eulogy is perhaps the most important part of a funeral. It is a speech or poem which functions as a tribute to the deceased, and because of this importance, it must be well-crafted and shaped to encompass not only the person's achievements, but also his or her very self.
Some of the greatest eulogies touch only briefly on a formal recitation of the person's academic qualifications, year when married, number of children, and so on, and focus more strongly on creating a deep sense of the character, personality, texture of self and evocation of the things that made the person unique and beloved.
Who writes the eulogy?
There is no hard-and-fast rule about who composes the eulogy. Frequently it is written by the Funeral Celebrant who is trained to express the information given by the family in the most beautiful and effective way. Sometimes a family member will write it. The important thing is that the immediate family feel that it is a perfect eulogy to give tribute to the person who has died.
Who presents the eulogy?
The eulogy is usually presented in the funeral service by the Funeral Celebrant or a close family member. This depends on the immediate family's decision. There are advantages to either: if read by a family member, it may help them to feel they have properly said goodbye; if read by a Funerant Celebrant, the presentation is read with all the power and beauty of professional public speaking..