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Presenting a eulogy for a loved one could be the saddest thing and the most difficult public speaking endeavor you could ever experience. You are not only talking about the death of a loved one but also about how that person lived their lives. By celebrating the personís life, you are exposing your soul and your emotions to family members and strangers alike. Preparing a eulogy for a loved one could be a daunting task. You are grieving and emotionally drained that you may have a difficult time preparing for this last homage.

To help you out, here are a few tips on how to prepare and present your eulogy:

1. Before writing your speech, think about what you want to say. Collect biographical facts and research about the personís life that could not be known to others. Think of the stories you remember and talk to other family members who can share some of their experiences. Pay tribute to all of their achievements. You may also share memories that you share with them and is important to you, too. Talk about their legacy, what they have left after them Ė family, changed lives, triumph.

2. Donít make a very lengthy speech; this could sometimes be too much to the people in the service. This may also make you forget some of the keynotes you need to share. Create a short speech that touches on things you have to say in less than 5 minutes.

3. It is so easy to focus on the death, especially the dying process, when you go through the bereavement. Instead, why not focus on the personís life, on the better times and happy memoirs. Everybody in the service is grieving the death of the person, share with them a few happy memories that helps you get over your grieving.

4. Write down all the memories you want to share. It will help you remember all the things you need to say. Most of us are not public speakers, and we need to have our notes to be able to deliver a eulogy that people will remember even after the service.

5. Practice your delivery at least four or five times. You can face yourself in a mirror, or a family member. This will give you a chance to make changes to your speech and get somebodyís comment on how to deliver the eulogy better. Rehearsing what you have to say may also ease the discomfort of presenting a eulogy about somebody you have just recently lost.

6. You may need to ask somebody to make the speech in case you got overwhelmed by your emotions. This could be a friend, a family member, or the priest. Try to make another copy of your speech, so that they can take over what you want to say when you are no longer able to do so.

Lastly, donít worry about exposing your emotions. Grieve if you must, cry if you have to. This is a funeral. Everybody will be in tears and they wonít worry if you are too.

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