Openings and Closings

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Eulogy Opening and Closings

Eulogy openings and closings examples

The secret to eulogy writing is noting down ideas for possible openings and closings.

No sooner do you start writing opening sentences than ideas come flooding in for what could come next.

Not only does this approach remove the pressure of feeling like you have to condense a lifetime into a short speech, but it also helps you focus on memorable moments.

Perhaps before putting pen to paper, view our How to write a Eulogy page.

How to Write a Eulogy in 7 Steps template

Download our How to Write a Eulogy in 7 Steps template in Word or PDF.   The information is quick and easy to read and will give you a great head start on writing openings and closings.

Best of all after completing the sections in our template, your first draft is ready.

Next, it’s time to consider whether you have included one or two anecdotes and stories that best reflect your departed loved one’s life.

Browse our openings and closings for inspiration. We’ve purposely chosen uplifting examples in an effort to show how everyday people can be extraordinary when speaking from the heart.

Eulogy Opening and Closings

Still looking for eulogy inspiration? Read Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Sheller’s Obit.  You’ll discover every single person has a story. Jim’s writing gives delightful examples of how ordinary people are amazing even though they didn’t become famous. 

Openings

1: Eulogy opening example

Every day I thank God for blessing me with such a wonderful husband. No words can express how much I’ll miss him…

2: Eulogy opening example

To our children, Peter was a storybook father. To our grandchildren, Peter was a superhero in a dressing gown. To all of us here Peter was a best friend, colleague … and so much more.

Peter was a natural at making people feel comfortable, secure and loved.

3: Eulogy opening example

Ninety-eight years of age. What an innings.

Raymond was an extraordinary man who saw life in the simplest of terms. Good food, exercise and the company of people who love you for you.

Raymond was my dad’s best friend, but since dad passed 10 years ago I’m honoured to be here speaking about Raymond on behalf of dad and myself.

4: Eulogy opening example

Like a tiny foot on a drum, little Skye tapped a soft beat with her foot inside me. For 34 weeks I felt her calm, gentle soul in unison with mine. Mother and daughter together waiting for the birth day – to live our dreams for each other. But one day, my little drummer girl fell silent.

Skye was born 4.00 am and placed into my arms – her little feet still; her heart silent. The doctors told me she would be stillborn, but I wanted to honor our 34 weeks together with a natural birth; to hold her in my arms and say, “I did my best little one, but the angels have you now.”

5: Eulogy opening example

“Children and dogs love him.” That’s my grandpa. 

My childhood memories of grandpa are as lively and vivid today as they were back then.  My favorite: the days he’d race us out into the back yard, scoop me and my brother under one arm each and spin us around until we both squealed with laughter, or my brother threw up.

Quick as a flash Grandpa would sit us down and whisper to my brother, “Don’t tell ma you threw up because none of us will get any supper.” And we’d burst out laughing.

Closings

One: Eulogy closing example

My dearest darling Angie, we will miss you forever, but know we’ll hug each other again when our angels call. Take comfort in the light and rest in peace, my darling girl.

Two: Eulogy closing example

Goodbye, my precious girl—I know you’re smiling your cheeky grin and waving down at us from heaven. You’re forever in our hearts.

Three: Eulogy closing example

While I’m sure Grandpa is up in heaven secretly smiling hearing me brag about how much I love and miss him, he was never one for self-pity or overindulging in sentiment. Instead, he’d say things to me like, ‘Put your dancing shoes on because there is a wonderful world out there waiting for you.”

Four: Eulogy closing example

Grandma Mable, you impacted my life in so many ways. The strong mother I am today is because of you.  My children know generosity, love and respect because of you.
We will always love you, and you’ll live on forever in our hearts. 

Five: Eulogy closing example

And you, too, can be family to those who don’t have the ones they should. 

Jenny always said, “Be kind; be generous.” She opened her home, shared her wisdom and laughter. Jenny showed me what it truly means to love unconditionally. I love you Jenny and will miss you forever.

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