Eulogy For Grandfather

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Eulogies are hard to write. This is particularly the case when it comes to our grandfathers given that they’ve lived for long. It gets especially difficult when it comes to picking how to capture his life. How do you condense 60, 70 or 80 years into a few minutes? The easier way of going about this is to have a powerful opening statement that lays the tone for the remainder of the eulogy. The starting should be interesting but not absurd. It should be catchy but not gimmicky. People will decide within the first few seconds whether you are worth listening to or not.

I. Shocking Content.

You could bring up a surprisingly powerful truth that was unknown to many others. Make sure it’s positively enthralling rather than negative and jarring. If you know a wonderful deed that granny used to do yet he kept it out of the public eye this is the time to bring it up. For instance one of the most shocking eulogies involved a CEO of a major corporation who touched so many lives yet never mentioned it to anyone. Not even to his wife and kids. That is until the story was told at his funeral. A shocker has the ability to grip the mourners and leave lasting impression.

II. A Proper Metaphor.

Nothing anchors your grandfather’s life in history like a fitting metaphor. Metaphors are powerful since they tie our lives to timeless, real or imagined person and events in a way that they nearly render us immortal. Take for example Princess Diana’s eulogy by Earl of Spenser, “It is a point to remember that of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this: a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age.” Nothing can inundate our eulogy as beautifully as a metaphor.

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III. A provoking Question.

A provoking question about granny’s life, work or passions can effortlessly draw in the mourners before you’d delve into your main eulogy. It doesn’t have to have an answer. The question could be rhetorical. Even then the rest of your eulogy should at the very least grapple with the question and derive some meaning out of it no matter how vague. There’s no problem sampling a couple of answers from the mourners if it helps anchor your message. One proper question would be. What is the one incident that you fondly remember about granny.

IV. A Fantastic Anecdote.

Your personal testimony about grandfather could be a great place to start. An incredible story beautifully evokes memory and emotions about grandpa. It also places you within an episode of his long and illustrious life. It gives you legitimacy to address the mourners. It also provides a window into the life of the departed. Make sure the story connects you, the late grandpa and the audience.

It’s best if the anecdote or story can mention something new about the departed. Stories are the easiest way of starting a eulogy. They are relatable and easier to follow than other forms of introduction.

V. A brief Quotation.

The internet is full of thousands of quotes for just about any mood and reality. You can pick a quote from a famous person, an apt description or a segment from a favorite novel. Make sure you test its relevance by telling it to someone you trust. They will, in turn, inform you if it’s hearty, soulful, enchanting or corny. Quotes give us far much more freedom than many other forms of beginnings. The variety, depth, and nuance of quotes available online mean you’d rarely miss the opportunity to capture the memory of the dead. The best quote is one that verbalizes or sympathize with the feeling of the mourners towards the late grandpa.

VI. Good Humour.

Humour doesn’t feels like the most appropriate emotion in a eulogy. Even then appropriate and well-timed humour is the best way to celebrate the long and fruitful life of your granny. Pick something grandpa used to do, say or act out that is absolutely hilarious. Pointing out a quirky and disarming habit of the late enables people to humanize him even in his departure. It makes him be one of us again even in his absence. You can also start with a scripture verse or a solemn song. Whichever introduction you choose, let it reflect and channel your own feelings, anxieties, emotions and heartaches.

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