Writing a eulogy can seem daunting, but if you have ever experienced the consolation of one, you know that the best tribute is a simple offering of cherished memories of someone dear, spoken from the heart. Even writing an obituary today is often expanded from the who-when-where facts to telling something important about the deceased. So obituaries are now becoming a kind of In Memoriam print version of a spoken eulogy.
In either instance, coming up with what to say on short notice is difficult, especially at a time when you may be overwhelmed with making arrangements and grieving. For help with this task, here are some guidelines, with examples gleaned from memorable eulogies in Great American Catholic Eulogies.