How to Prepare a Eulogy for a Grandmother

Alice Wisler
Grandmothers are great teachers.

A eulogy for a grandmother is a sweet tribute that can be given at a funeral or graveside service. Eulogies don't need to be fancy or long.

Types of Eulogies for Grandmothers

There are a number of types of eulogies you can offer. You can select one type or use a combination of a few during the service. These include:

  • Reading poetry - You can read or recite a favorite poem of your grandmother's, one of your choosing or read one that reflects what she meant to you.
  • Bible passage - If your grandmother had a few scripture verses she found meaningful and obtained comfort from, you can read those in her memory.
  • Share a memory - Tell about the time she baked cookies for the whole neighborhood or how she taught you to sew.
  • Sing a song - If you are talented in this arena, then by all means lend your voice to sing a song as a tribute to your grandmother. Singing one she taught you or one you used to sing with her, will be a memorable gesture.
  • Truth learned - Focus on a lesson your grandmother taught you. Was it how to love? How to forgive? Tell your audience about what this lesson has meant to you over the years.

Preparing a Eulogy

As you prepare for a eulogy, take your time:

  • Jot down ideas - Spend time alone in quiet reflecting on the life of your grandmother. Let your mind roam freely as you jot ideas down. List her characteristics and her favorite things.
  • Structure your ideas - After you have a list of words or thoughts, chose one or two to talk about. Structure your sentences.
  • Write your eulogy - It is best to write out what you are going to say, even if you don't read it word for word. Choose words that sound natural as you speak them. Make the eulogy come alive and be from your heart.
  • Practice by standing and speaking - Face a mirror and think of it as your audience. Read aloud what you have written once for content. Make the necessary changes. Then read aloud again. Practice your intonation. Pronounce words clearly.
  • Memorize as much as you can - Although you probably will be too nervous to say your entire eulogy by rote, do practice enough so your eyes will not have to be glued to the paper.

Delivering the Eulogy

At the service, keep this advice in mind as you deliver your eulogy:

  • Keep it short and sweet
  • Speak clearly
  • Stand tall

Funerals are emotional times. Remember that your voice could break, and you may not be able to carry through with the entire song, poem or reading. Take comfort in knowing that all is not lost; you will be excused and understood for crying.

A Word of Advice

Before the service, know whether you will be the only one to give a eulogy or if others will also present something. This helps in knowing your time limit. If other family members or grandchildren will speak, agree together to not go over five minutes each. The audience will tire quickly if the talks continue for lengthy spans of time.

Eulogy for Grandmothers Will Help Others

Chances are, your heartfelt words will cause others at the service to offer gratitude to you. Often the words we speak are felt by many at funerals, yet not everyone is able or willing to stand and speak. Delivering a eulogy for a beloved grandmother is an opportunity to bless many as you share your sentiments with others.

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How to Prepare a Eulogy for a Grandmother