The Eulogy Template
We believe that every person is unique and lives a life that is filled with unique and interesting experiences. Every person lives life to the fullest of their ability in accordance with who they are and the gifts they have been given. We believe that their story should be told in the best way possible at the funeral or memorial service. Because of that, we at TheEulogyWriters.com NEVER use a eulogy template or pre-determined format for a memorial or funeral speech. But we know that some people who cannot write a eulogy (or don’t have the time write a tribute) also may not have the resources to hire our services. So we present the following eulogy template for your consideration. We believe it will give your loved one a meaningful eulogy tribute as you fill in the blanks and provide the specific memories and details of his or her life story.
Simply copy the eulogy template text below and paste it to a word processing document then fill in the blanks and compose the short stories suggested.
A Eulogy Template
[The words in all CAPITAL LETTERS are headings. They are here to show you the structure of the funeral speech. Don’t include them when you read the eulogy.]
I’d like to start off in my thoughts about ___(name)___ with a poem that so fits this occasion. It’s called “The Dash.”
'The Dash' by Linda Ellis
I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her casket from beginning to the end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth
And now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard; Are there things you would like to change?
For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough to consider what is true and real
And always try to understand the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives like we have never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
So when your eulogy is being read with your life’s actions to rehash…
Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?
I feel like that man standing to speak. My words, like his, are about the ‘dash’ that represents ___(name)___’s life. The dash is just a tiny mark but that dash stands for a life lived well and I am honored to talk about his life today.
___(name)___ was the most giving person I’ve ever known. I see some of you nodding your heads. You know what I mean. He/she gave of him/herself freely and generously. If he/she saw a need, he/she did whatever was necessary to help. ___(name)___ was the kind of person we all want to be.
___(name)___was born in _______ (city) ___ years ago. He/she grew up with ___ brothers and sisters: ____ (name them)____. ___(name)___ was the (oldest, youngest, middle child). They had a pretty good life in those growing-up years. They weren’t rich by any means, but their family was filled with love and I’m pretty sure that’s how ___(name)___ got to be the wonderful man/woman he/she was.
SCHOOLING AND WORK
___(name)___went to ____(name of schools)___ and graduated with a degree in ________). He/She worked for ___ (name of company)___ as a _______ (name of position) for ____ years. ___(name)___ also worked for _______ for a while. While he/she loved his/her work, what he/she really enjoyed were the people he/she worked with. He/she always told stories of some of the things they did at work that probably weren’t too work related but a lot of fun. (tell a story if you have one).
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
In __(year)___ ___(name)___ met __ (name of spouse)___ and they were married for ___ years. ___(spouse’s name)__, you are going to miss ___(name)___ SO much. You have all of our sympathy. ___(spouse’s name) and ___(name)___ had ___ children, _______, _______ and _______ (names of their children). They have ___ grandchildren: ________, ________, and ______. I do hope that all the pictures of ___(name)___ and the stories about him/her will live on in their memories and in their homes so that the grandkids will never forget this fine man/woman.
HOBBIES AND SERVICE
______ (name) was very active in the ________ (chur ch, community, local theatre, quilting, volunteer firefighting). He/She devoted many hours to _______ (hobby or service) and was known for ________ (what person was known for in th e hobby or service, e.g. her exquisite quilt designs; always being ready with a helping hand; al ways having a positive attitude).
I asked some of ___(name’s)___ family and friends to tell me what they remember most about ___(name)___. There are so many good memories. __________. __________. ____ _____. ___________. (list 5 or 6 memories in short sentences, (e.g. Playing music together. Fishing at Long Lake. His wonderful sense of humor. The time we went to the Cassino and couldn’t find the car when we came out – we thought it had been stolen and we called the police. It was therea all along). One that I remember is the time when __________ (tell a longer story that highlights your loved one’s personality – this can be something heart- warming or humorous).
___(name)___ was a wonderfully __(kind/ambitious/brave/calm/faithful or other appropriate adjective or adjectives)___ person. He/She was a person of great _______ and ________ (two words that describe the person’s character, e.g. devotion, integrity, love, compassion, service, humor). Above all, ___(name)___believed in __( the person’s highest value, e.g. family, faith, hard work, independence, community, compassion)___.
We will all miss ___(name)___. But he/she has touched our lives and we will NEVER forget him/her.
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Steve Schafer is the founder of TheEulogyWriters and is probably the most prolific eulogy writer (and, no doubt, the best) anywhere. He lives in Michigan and has been writing eulogies for well over thirty years. The articles in this blog are designed to help people through the process of losing loved ones.