How to find inspirational ideas when writing a eulogy for a father

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How to find inspirational ideas when writing a eulogy for a father
Knowing what to say in a eulogy can be difficult. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The loss of a father can be a heavy blow to both children and adults. Delivering the eulogy adds an extra challenge: how can you possibly summarise such an important relationship and pay tribute to such an influential figure in the short space of time available? Although crafting a fitting eulogy can seem like a difficult task in a trying time, it will be much easier if you look for inspiration in the right places.

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    Collect information for the eulogy. Speak to friends and family members; get them to share favourite stories or sayings. Your eulogy should be personal, but it's about your father, not you; it should show him from several perspectives.

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    Gather mementos of your father. Old photographs, letters, personal belongings or other artefacts can all help to inspire your writing.

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    Begin by writing freely about your father. Set yourself a time limit -- half an hour or an hour are good -- and just write the first thing that comes into your head. Don't critique your own work; simply write.

  4. 4

    Think about things your father loved. Remember his favourite quotations, songs and writers. Imagine how he would have summed himself up if called on to give his own eulogy.

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    Examine the material you've collected. Combine reminiscences from other friends or relatives, your own memories and the results of your freewriting. From these you can begin to craft your eulogy.

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