How to Write a Eulogy for a Sister
Writing a eulogy for a sister is a brief opportunity to reflect on how special your relationship was, how unique your sister was and what made her stand out from those around you. If you’ve never written a eulogy before, don’t worry! These steps will guide you through the process of writing a beautiful eulogy so you can feel confident when reading the tribute to your sister at the funeral.
What exactly is a eulogy?
A eulogy (also known as a funeral tribute or funeral speech) is a short speech that’s done in honor of someone who has passed away. Eulogies are typically read by someone the deceased was close with or someone important from their lives; they take around 3 - 10 minutes to read.
Can I write a funny eulogy?
Eulogies are unique and can be as funny or as serious as the writer wants them to be. If your sister was a funny person and enjoyed a good laugh, feel free to show that by writing a funny eulogy for your sister! If she had a more quiet and thoughtful personality, you may want to honor this by writing a more reserved eulogy.
How to write a eulogy for a sister
If you’re one of the (many) people who have never written a eulogy for, here’s what to do:
- Start by looking through eulogy examples for sisters. Looking at a sample eulogy for a sister can help you figure out how others are saying goodbye to a sister who died in a eulogy. You’ll find that some folks include not only memories, anecdotes, lessons, or accomplishments in the eulogy, but also include written works by other people. You may find yourself inspired to eulogize the loss of your sister with a poem or a piece of writing that was special to her (or you may realize that’s not what interests you). Example eulogies can help give you an understanding of the kind of content typically included in a eulogy.
- Once you have an understanding of what a eulogy looks like, it’s time to check out a guide on how to write a eulogy. A guide will give you more in-depth instructions on the steps to take when writing a eulogy so that you can feel comfortable sharing yours with those attending.
- Once you’re feeling prepared to get started with the actual writing process, it’s time to consider some of these reflective questions: What made your sister unique? What qualities of hers did people remark on? What was she passionate about? What did she love? What did she hate? Did she offer any helpful guidance or advice? What kind of person was she?
- With your reflections written out, organize them into the form of a eulogy.
- Once you’ve written the eulogy and have a final product, try reading it out loud in front of a friend or family member for feedback so that you can feel confident on the day of the speech.
If you still feel unsure if you want to write the eulogy, you can always hire a professional eulogy writer to write a eulogy in your stead.
I don’t want to read the eulogy in public. What should I do?
If you’re not comfortable with public speaking, don’t worry. Many people struggle with speaking in front of others and aren’t comfortable with performing a speech. Given the added pressure and atmosphere of a funeral, you may feel too overwhelmed to successfully perform a speech in front of an audience. If you’re not comfortable performing a eulogy, you can ask another person to read the eulogy you wrote, ask a family member to write and read the eulogy in your place, or say a few short words instead of a full eulogy. If you want to share the eulogy you wrote for others to read online, you can do so on an Ever Loved memorial website.
If you have someone that recently passed away, setting up a memorial website on Ever Loved is an easy way to keep everyone in touch and informed about any upcoming events. You can easily collect donations, collect photos and memories, share event information, and keep in touch with everyone attending (and not attending) any upcoming events – all in one place.