When someone asks you to give the eulogy for someone special at funeral homes in Phoenix, AZ, you might feel honored to have been asked. After you accept, the largeness of the situation may then settle in. You have to speak in front of a lot of people. Everyone is looking to you to sum up a person’s life. It’s a very big deal. Keep in mind that you were asked for a reason. They think you are the best person for the job, and you can do it. Use these tips to feel as ready and as confident about the job as possible.
Practice The Speech
Once you have something written up, read through it and then practice giving it. You can be in an empty room or with a friend or family member. The more you give the eulogy before it’s actually time, the more comfortable you will be with it. You might even memorize some or all of it. You can speak from the heart that way. But keep the written speech with you when you give it just in case you forget or are too emotional go continue. Practice allows you to see what flows well, what you want to change, and what you can add more detail to as you work through the process.
Speak Slowly And Clearly
Those who speak a different language always say we talk too fast—and we say the same thing about them. You don’t want people to miss out on what you are saying because you rush through the speech. Try to talk a little slower than you normally would and take some breaths and pauses at the end of sentences. Also speak clearly. This is something you can practice at home and in front of others as well. You might even consider recording yourself and listening back or having someone else listen to give you pointers. Ask them if the speed is good and if they can understand you.
Ask For Stories
You might have plenty of stories yourself, but it can mean a lot to others to include their stories as well. Ask family members if they have a special memory and you might be able to include something brief in your eulogy to make that person feel special, having their memory includes.
There are plenty of other things you can do to prepare for your eulogy, and you should. If you have yet to write something up, or if you want more pointers on giving the speech, the professionals at funeral homes in Phoenix, AZ are happy to talk to you about the process. We can give you plenty of tips and tricks to get through the circumstances with as much grace as possible. Call the experts at Thompson Funeral Chapel to get ideas on length, details, you should include, and other such things. We’re here to support you, your family, and everyone else who loved the person who passed on.