Excerpts from famous eulogies may help to steer you in the right direction when it comes to writing a eulogy for a deceased loved one.
"I marvel at your will. I celebrate your strength to this day. And I am forever grateful, Sister Rosa, for your courage, your conviction. I owe you to
succeed. I will not be moved."
--Oprah Winfrey, eulogizing Rosa Parks
"Ronald Reagan carried himself, even in the most powerful office, with the decency and attention to small kindnesses that also define a good life. He
was a courtly, gentle and considerate man, never known to slight or embarrass others."
--President George W. Bush, eulogizing Ronald Reagan
"Today is our chance to say 'thank you' for the way you brightened our lives, even though God granted you but half a life. We will all feel cheated
that you were taken from us so young and yet we must learn to be grateful that you came along at all. Only now you are gone do we truly appreciate what
we are now without and we want you to know that life without you is very, very difficult."
--Charles Spencer, eulogizing Princess Diana
"But John F. Kennedy was more than that. He was a man filled with the joy of living. He was a husband, a father -- and my friend... I am a personal
witness to the fact that he was resourceful, optimistic, and creative."
--Senator Jacob Javits, eulogizing President John F. Kennedy
"My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and
tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it."
--Ted Kennedy, eulogizing Robert F. Kennedy
"He was bred to no profession; he never married; he lived alone; he never went to church; he never voted; he refused to pay a tax to the State; he ate
no flesh; he drank no wine; he never knew the use of tobacco; and though a naturalist, he used neither trap nor gun. He chose, wisely no doubt for
himself, to be the bachelor of thought and Nature."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson, eulogizing Henry David Thoreau