One of the eulogies that stands out prominently in my mind is one requested by an aunt of the deceased. Yari was an EMS worker in New York City. She and her partner were out on a run, probably to save someone’s life. The EMS truck stopped at an intersection and a strung out drug addict jumped on the back bumper. Yari was driving so she put it into park and went to get the man off her back bumper. He refused to go, shoving her aside. Then, while she was picking herself up, he made a dash for the open truck door and the driver’s seat. Her partner saw what was happening and jumped out the passenger seat door. Yari pulled open the driver’s door and tried to get the man out of the truck. Again he pushed her down. Then he put the truck into gear and ran her over.
Yari has been my hero ever since I wrote her story.
For some reason I get a fair number of eulogies from Africa. This one was from a woman in Kenya. Her friend and mentor had died. He was a strong man in just about every way and extremely wealthy and well connected. He sounded like an amazing man. I like to Google my clients and the subjects of the eulogies I write to get additional insights into who they are. I discovered that my client was a fairly famous person in Kenya and president of a women’s wellness organization. She had even given a TED talk about her work. I was a bit intimidated having a woman who obviously knew how to make great speeches solicit my services (when she received my eulogy she said she was in tears and it was ‘the best eulogy I could have imagined’). The subject of the eulogy, her mentor, was a man who lived in London and was most noted for his wealth AND the fact that he and Margaret Thatcher’s son had instigated a coup to overthrow the Kenyan government. At first I thought he might be a scoundrel, but then I checked on the Kenyan hierarchy and saw that in trying to overthrow the head man, he was doing everyone an enormous favor. The coup failed.
Everyone has a story and every story is worth telling in the best way possible. I can think of few ‘jobs’ more interesting or fulfilling than writing eulogies for some of the most unique (and often quite ordinary) people on earth.
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