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Eulogy Samples ~ Example Eulogies, Funeral Poems, Speeches & Quotes

Updated on June 3, 2015
Words that Last a Lifetime and Beyond
Words that Last a Lifetime and Beyond

Writing and Delivering a Great Eulogy

Writing a eulogy speech for someone special is very difficult. The most often dished out advice is to “just be yourself” and express your emotions in your own personal way. However, there are times that we cannot find the right words to truly describe our feelings. This lack of appropriate words in the speech result to a eulogy speech that is boring or monotonous.

In order to come up with a eulogy that is both heartfelt and appealing to the audience, you can refer to some of the sample eulogy speeches on EulogySpeech.net.

Sample Eulogy for a Mom

Writing a eulogy for a mom can be both challenging and an honor. Choosing the right words to say won’t always be easy, but with the sample eulogy below, it should help you come up with your own ideas for writing a remembrance speech for your mom.

Sample Memorial Speech for a Mom

“I still find it difficult to believe that you’ve really passed. It felt like it was only yesterday that you were driving me to school and teaching me the values of life. Life isn’t always going to be easy, but thanks to everything you’ve taught me, I know that I’ll always be able to pull through.

As most of you already know, my mother was a hard worker. When we were children, should would sometimes work three jobs just to provide for us – and that is something that I cannot thank her enough for.

Although she is gone, I’m sure that she’ll never be forgotten. She was a wonderful mother to three daughters, a loyal friend, and a friendly colleague who only wanted to help bring peace to the world.

One of the most precious memories that I’ll keep forever of my mom and I was when we stayed up all night watching our favorite television series, “Friends”. We watched two entire seasons that night, all while talking about life and sharing funny stories with each other.

Women like my mother don’t come around often. Around Christmas time when I was sixteen, my mother gave her last few dollars to a homeless person instead of using it for herself. It’s this kind of generosity and kindness that I’m going to miss.

As I said before, it’s difficult to believe that you’re gone. Not a day is going to go by that I won’t think of you. So until the day we meet again, I love you."

The structure and format of this eulogy doesn’t need to be copied to a tee. Quite the contrary, you can change it up as much as you’d like until you find a style and format that best allows you to say that you have to say.

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Kevin Costner, who starred with Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard, pays tribute to the pop icon at her funeral in New Jersey.
Kevin Costner, who starred with Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard, pays tribute to the pop icon at her funeral in New Jersey.

Watch Kevin Costner's Eulogy for Whitney Houston

Kevin Costner's Eulogy for Whitney Houston

(An excerpted version)

I’m going to say some stories. Maybe some of them you know; maybe some of them you don’t. I wrote ’em down because I didn’t want to miss anything.

The song “I Will Always Love You” almost wasn’t. It wasn’t supposed to be in the movie. The first choice was going to be “What Becomes of a Broken Heart.” But it had been out the year before and in another movie, and we felt that it wouldn’t have the same impact and so we couldn’t use it.

So what becomes of our broken hearts?

Whitney returns home today, to the place where it all began, and I urge us all, inside and outside, across the nation and around the world, to dry our tears, suspend our sorrow, and perhaps our anger, just long enough, just long enough to remember the sweet miracle of Whitney.

Never forgetting that Cissy and Bobbi Kristina sit among us. Your mother and I had a lot in common.

I know many at this moment are thinking, “Really?” [ Laughter from the audience. ] “She’s a girl, you’re a boy. You’re white, she’s black. But our sister could really sing. So what am I talking about? Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, they don’t have anything in common at all.” Well, you’d be wrong about that.

We both grew up in the Baptist church. It wasn’t as big as this. My grandmother played the piano, and she led the choir and her two daughters. My mother and my aunt both sang in it . . .

I can see her in my own mind running around here as a skinny little girl, knowing everyone, everyone’s business, knowing every inch of this place. I can also see her in trouble, too, trying to use that beautiful smile, trying to talk her way out of it, and Cissy not having any of it . . .

At the height of her fame as a singer, I asked her to be my co-star in a movie called “The Bodyguard.” I thought she was the perfect choice, but the red flags came out immediately. Maybe I should think this over a bit! [ Laughs. ]

I was reminded that this would be her first acting role. We could also think about another singer was a suggestion. Maybe somebody white. Nobody ever said it out loud, but it was a fair question. It was. There would be a lot riding on this. Maybe a more experienced actress was the way to go. It was clear I really had to think about this.

I told everyone that I had taken notice that Whitney was black. The only problem was I thought she was perfect for what we were trying to do . . .

The Whitney I knew, despite her success and worldwide fame, still wondered: Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?

It was the burden that made her great . . .

Whitney if you could hear me now I would tell you, you weren’t just good enough — you were great. You sang the whole damn song without a band. You made the picture what it was.

A lot of leading men could have played my part, a lot of guys could have filled that role, but you, Whitney, I truly believed that you were the only one who that could have played Rachel Marin at that time. [ Applause. ]

You weren’t just pretty — you were as beautiful as a woman could be. And people didn’t just like you, Whitney — they loved you.

I was your pretend bodyguard once not so long ago, and now you’re gone too soon, leaving us with memories of a little girl who stepped bravely in front of this church, in front of the ones that loved you first, in front of the ones that loved you best and loved you the longest.

Then, boldly, you stepped into the white-hot light of the world stage, and what you did is the rarest of achievements. You set the bar so high that professional singers, your own colleagues, they don’t want to sing that little country song — what would be the point?

Now the only ones who sing your songs are young girls like you who are dreaming of being you some day.

And so to you, Bobbi Kristina, and to all those young girls who are dreaming that dream and maybe thinking they aren’t good enough, I think Whitney would tell you: Guard your bodies, and guard the precious miracle of your own life, and then sing your hearts out — knowing that there’s a lady in heaven who is making God Himself wonder how he created something so perfect.

So off you go, Whitney, off you go . . . escorted by an army of angels to your Heavenly Father. And when you sing before Him, don’t you worry — you’ll be good enough.

No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. ~Euripides
No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. ~Euripides
Pre-written Eulogy Speeches
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Heartfelt Eulogies ~ Words That Last a Lifetime and Beyond

Eulogy guide with pre written speech templates

When death falls on anyone of your loved ones or one of your family members, it can really be challenging to go on with your daily activities. And if you are faced with the task of writing and delivering a funeral speech or eulogy, it might be a little hard for you given the emotional situation that you are in. If you are in a situation such as this, you can visit on to HeartfeltEulogies.com and for less than $23, you can get an instantly downloadable e-book and find inspiration in numerous examples of eulogies, funeral quotes, funeral poems and other important themes that you can use during funeral rights.

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Funeral Etiquette

Funeral is an event that calls for solemnity. It is important that you are in your best behavior during a funeral. Be sensitive on the things that you do as not to upset the people whose loved one has just passed away. Here are funeral etiquette to observe:

  • Avoid any negative thoughts. If you have some negative things to say

    about the deceased, this is not the best time to let it out. Give a positive

    aura and talk about the fond memories that you shared with the deceased.

  • Pay a visit and drop by the funeral, even for just a few minutes. If you

    cannot make it, it would be nice to send flowers or to send a mass card.

  • Make sure that you dress in an appropriate manner when attending a

    funeral. It is not always necessary to be in black attire, but pick

    something that is conservative. Stay away from bright colored outfits and

    provocative ones.

  • During a wake, go to the deceased’s family members first and offer

    condolences rather than socializing with the rest of the people present at

    the funeral.

  • Approach the deceased and pay your respect. Offer a silent prayer.
  • Avoid quarrels, arguments and confrontation during a funeral.
  • If you are in a chapel or a church, make sure that you turn off your

    cell phones or other gadgets that would cause noise.

  • During a ceremony, pay attention to the speaker and avoid chit chatting

    with your friends.

  • Front seats or front pews should be dedicated to family members. For

    distant relatives and friends, you can sit on the rear pews.

  • It is not advised to bring your kids along during a funeral. It is a

    solemn event and most children would create noise.

God is growing bitter, He envies man his mortality. - Jacques Rigaut, Pensées
God is growing bitter, He envies man his mortality. - Jacques Rigaut, Pensées

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