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Eulogy Speeches ~ Sample Eulogies, Funeral Poems and Quotes

Updated on January 15, 2015

How to Write and Deliver a Eulogy

Eulogy is a speech given at commemoration services as a tribute to the deceased. In Greek word eulogy is a combination of nouns, good and praise and to put it simply it means to speak well of the one who has passed away.

Grieving process is the same, yet different for each individual. And if the duty has fallen upon you to write a eulogy, use tips to guide yourself through the process of writing a best tribute your loved one deserved. Regardless of the fact if you are a beginner and writing does not come easy, or you have written an eulogy before, this is a good starting point on your way to delivering a memorable and heartfelt tribute.

Browse around and you'll find free eulogy samples that can be used as a reference point, as well as poems and quotes that can be read at funerals if your own words fail you. Also covered are a number of topics from where and how to start the process of eulogy writing, to famous quotes on which you can draw upon and use, to perusing a number of eulogies that were given at commemoration services across the globe for the famous people that have passed away. All these topics, whether they serve as an inspiration or a mere tool in your writing process, will help you ease the noble, yet sometimes difficult task of eulogy writing.

"I'm always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy and I realize I'm listening to it."

~ George Carlin

Writing a Eulogy - How to Write a Eulogy Speech

An effective eulogy does not happen in just a blink of an eye. There are a lot of preparations to be done in order that the eulogy delivery will be effective. How to write a eulogy? What to say at a funeral? Check out these guidelines that you can use when you need to create and deliver a eulogy speech - Eulogy Writing Guide

Free Eulogy Samples - Example Eulogy Speeches

In writing eulogies, it's important to have something as a reference so that we will know how to get things done. For first time eulogy writers, things will be easier for them if they could have a material that they could use as basis of their eulogy speech. Check out these Free Eulogy Speech Samples & Examples

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Famous Eulogy Speeches

Funerals for personalities who died are usually covered on television for a lot of people to see. These eulogies were beautifully created and well delivered that's why it becomes much appreciated piece. Over the years, there are a lot of unforgettable eulogies that were dedicated to famous people. Here are some great examples:

Watch Obama's Complete Nelson Mandela Memorial Speech

Eulogy of Bobby Kennedy on YouTube

Kevin Costner's emotional speech in full at Whitney Houston's funeral

Eulogies for Whitney Houston


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.


"You wait for a voice like that for a lifetime. You wait for a face like that, for a smile like that, for a presence like that for a lifetime. And when one person embodies it all, it takes your breath away.

In the past, every hit we shared with pure joy. Neither of us could believe the incredible worldwide explosion when it happened, and when she broke that record of seven consecutive number ones, we just felt utter disbelief. I would ask her, "Are you pinching yourself?" And she would say, with wide open eyes, "I'm pinching myself."

She never took anything for granted. She was never arrogant. She was always grateful and appreciative.

I loved her very much. Whitney was purely and simply one of a kind. Yes, she admitted to crises in her life. Yes, she confessed to Oprah about her searing battles. But when I needed her, she was there for me, an eternally loyal friend."


"When she sold a million copies of the Star Spangled Banner, I looked at her and said, "Well, I guess the telephone book is next, huh?""


"There are two constants that I know about Whitney Houston, and one is that there was a grace that carried, a grace that carried her from heaven down to Houston, a grace that brought her up through singing.

The same grace led her all the way to the top of the charts, sold all of these albums, and just done some amazing things and won some awards. She's sang for presidents. There was a grace that kept on carrying her.

So what I know about her is that she loved the Lord, and if there was a grace that carried her all the way through, it was the same grace that carried her home.

If God be for you, who can be against you? So say whatever you want, God was for her, and she is resting, singing with the angels."

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