Each of us (Ralph in Akron and me in rural Ohio) became young men who care for others. We became people who naturally fell into encouraging others and giving words of wisdom that we picked up somewhere along the way, and trying to instill hope into people’s lives.
In college, we both found our ‘niche’ in the Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship - a student led campus Christian organization. We discovered that we could do the work of ministry rather naturally. We learned to study and teach and speak and organize and, in our inexperienced way, inspire others to higher living.
Eventually seminary seemed a natural progression and then on into church leadership and becoming ordained ministers. We each spent nearly forty years in churches we served (each of us being blessed with long-term pastorates of over thirty years).
But you never truly retire when you have been a minister all your life. You still have the desire to minister to people – to help – to encourage – to give hope. Some do pulpit supply for vacationing pastors; some do interim work, filling the gap between one pastor and the new one coming in; some write books; some volunteer at nursing homes or hospitals or churches. We chose the writing of eulogies.
Throughout our lives in the church, we’ve each officiated at hundreds of funerals. We’ve offered prayer and comfort to thousands of individuals and families. We’ve collected information and written and delivered countless eulogies.
The feedback we have received over the years about our eulogy writing and delivery has been unequivocally positive so it was an easy decision to write eulogies after we retired from church work. With the rise of the internet and easy website construction, reaching out to people all over the country became possible. So that’s what we did. We began with our first online eulogy in 2014 and have been writing eulogies ever since.
We write eulogies because we are compelled to do so. We write eulogies because that’s who we are – eulogy writers. We write eulogies because it is our honor to help people when they are in grief or in despair or hurting from the loss in their lives. We write eulogies because people need us to. Their minds and hearts are going through crisis and we are able to help. So we write.
One of the sadness’s of our lives is the fact that most people, in their time of loss and grief, don’t know that a eulogy writing service is even something that exists. They will struggle putting just the right words to paper and most will find it a tortuous task. They will, on the day of the funeral, stand before their family and gathered guests and do the best they can, knowing that they have not fully said what needs to be said – that theirs is not a great eulogy. Their funeral tribute will not fall flat. It will be truly appreciated by all those gathered (they, themselves, would never dream of standing up there and eulogizing a person). But they will not be satisfied that they have honored their loved one as he or she should be honored.
We write the eulogy because it truly is a ministry and we’ve been ministers all our lives. It’s a God-thing.
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