A funeral is one of the most tragic, if not the most tragic, occasion for people. Such occasions can be made even worse if a loved one has died unexpectedly or from factors rather than old age. At the same time, a funeral can be an opportunity to recognize the celebration of life - that the person who has passed away was someone who was loved, loved others and contributed in giving happiness and joy to others. A funeral speech, also known as a eulogy, is a good way to recognize both the tragedy and the celebration of the person, which is why it is so important to highlight these points in the eulogy. Being given the opportunity to give a eulogy is a great honor that shows that there is great respect for you as a person. It can also be a difficult and daunting task. Below are sample speeches for different people. Of course, each person is unique, so you can add your own flair or change accordingly to the person you are honoring.
Sample Eulogy for Mother
As I stand here today, I can acknowledge that there is nothing that has been more difficult or painful that losing my mother. Her recent passing has made me realize how great a person she was in raising me and providing me with support. Through my mother, I have grown into an individual who cares about others and can provide the same understanding and love for my own children today.
My mother was a strong, gentle and hardworking person. She loved my father and me and my two siblings very much. I remember when I was younger and every Monday she would send me off to my guitar lessons and I would dread every Monday, complaining to her that I was sick of playing the guitar and didn’t want to play it anymore. My mother would then reply, “Someday, you’ll appreciate that you know how to play it.” Then she would send me off to my guitar instructor. My mother would also make me play guitar daily, even when I didn’t feel like it. I would groan and complain, but no matter what, my mother made me practice. Years later, when I look back at my guitar lessons, I realize that my mother was right. Since then, I have been playing guitar on my own for fun and when the occasion arises, I play the guitar to others. My mother was gentle towards me, but also showed strength in her belief that I could play guitar well if I really put my mind into it and never gave up.
When my mother was in her 50s, she took an interest in painting, as you may know by all the paintings she gives away. I remember thinking, “She’s too old to take anything up from scratch and excel at that age.” Despite my doubts and the doubts of others, she would spend her free time studying the works of famous artists, reading books, and practicing her craft. I can assure you, the first picture I saw that she made, I couldn’t even recognize what she was trying to draw! Yet, months went by, and a year later, I saw another painting and I could not believe that my mother had painted it. If anything, it looked like something you could buy at the art gallery. My mother taught me that if you work hard, despite the doubt of others, you can prove others wrong and be successful at something at any age.
My mother always told our family how much she loved us and relentlessly always made sure that we did the best we could in whatever endeavors we chose. However, it is through my mother’s actions that she truly showed the depth of her love for us. Her commitment and hard work through the years to ensure our well-being was something I came to understand over the years as I grew older.
In her last days, my mother continued to show courage and strength as she imparted words of wisdom upon me and my siblings. I hope that one day, I can do the same as her. I want to leave a lasting legacy of someone who never gave up, and always loved my children through my unrelenting commitment towards them.
Sample Eulogy for Friend
Jimmy and I first met in gym class in Junior High. I remember Jimmy and I always hated running around the track. I remember, when we did timed runs around the track in class, Jimmy and I had an unspoken pact where we would always run, or more like walk, alongside each other while chatting away. Of course, our gym teacher wasn’t too impressed with this and would make us run another lap around the track to make up for being last. We didn’t mind this, since we would just simply brisk walk around the track again, talking about other things and catching up on each other.
Jimmy was a great friend to me. He was always willing to help others, even if it mean taking out time from his own free time. Back in eighth grade, I could never understand what the chemistry teacher was trying to teach us. I would try to ask my lab partner for help, but he was too busy doing his own things and trying to do his own homework. At lunchtime, Jimmy would use this time to explain the solutions to me step by step, and make sure that I understood everything that was being taught. I have never forgotten Jimmy’s dedication to helping me succeed and never giving up on me.
Jimmy was someone I could always talk to about anything. When I was having trouble deciding what to major in when I went to college, I looked to Jimmy for advice. Jimmy would never tell me what to do, but instead, would ask the right questions and say the right things to help me decide what was best for myself. Hence, with Jimmy’s help, I decided to change my study from being an English major to Anthropology. Without Jimmy there to guide me, I would most likely have been stuck and unafraid to change.
When someone mentions Jimmy, the things I think about are how understanding Jimmy is, his role as a father and husband, his belief in others and his kindness. Jimmy has always been a good friend to me, and I will miss having Jimmy be there when I need someone to talk to about something, whether it be happy or sad news, or something that puzzles me.
Although Jimmy passed away unexpectedly, he left a large impact on me and others. Jimmy was someone you could count on to always be there, and if he were here today with us, there is no doubt that he would be saying something to make us feel better. As someone once said “It’s not the destination, but the journey.” In Jimmy’s destination, he left a lasting legacy through which he serves as an example of a loyal, loving and kind friend, husband, father and uncle. I will miss Jimmy, but I will not forget all the kindness he has shown to all of us.
A Closing Note
These sample eulogies are for a mother and for a friend, but with a bit of tweaking you can still apply them to others, whether it be a father, uncle, aunt or grandparent. Every individual has their own personal stories and characteristics that you can put in place of the examples shown here. The sample eulogy speeches shown here are merely examples of what one could say at a funeral to honor the person.