Real-World Application: Eulogy

You will write your obituary, the words on your gravestone marker, and develop a full written eulogy on yourself. Warning! Do not underestimate this assignment. It isn’t as easy as you think, but it offers you a once in a lifetime experience to reflect on your entire life much like the autobiographical and family story papers.
Eulogies are usually presented (can be read) at funerals and used as a way to summarize an individual’s life. The content can be serious or presented with humor as a way to entertain friends and family, to acknowledge people who have passed away, and to remember the people in a special way. Eulogies also serve the purpose of helping grieving friends and family members relax at a very difficult time. Eulogies provide information about the deceased person including personal quotes and stories, but most of all they reflect the love or fondness that the reader had and always will have for that person. Generally, it is easier to say something (a personal quote, story, or saying) that the audience will remember about the person.
In your eulogy, you should acknowledge yourself (remember you are the dead person here) in a positive manner. Your eulogy should show some respect to yourself and provide memories and loving details that you want your family and friends to remember about you. When writing a eulogy, provide the necessary elements, but when you’re reading your eulogy, talk to the audience as though you were talking about a friend. You might even try to get your family and friends involved in what you are telling them. Make them laugh, make them cry, and make them happy to be a part of this tribute.
When writing your eulogy, try to recognize yourself for who you were. Put yourself in the shoes of your spouse, children, co-workers, parents, and siblings, by writing about the memories they might have about you. In other words, try to make the memories you use the memories that everyone in your audience remembers. Make your eulogy memorable! Make your audience listen and respond to you.
In conclusion, to write your obituary, words on your gravestone marker, and eulogy, you will need to give your life some serious reflection. How did you touch people? How did they touch you? What were your successes in life? What were some of your challenges or faults? Could you have done more in life? How do you want to be remembered? You will pretend that the class is your family and friends, so you’ll want to make your eulogy as perfect as possible. Remember, you are composing this piece for you and your audience.
Your eulogy paper must be typed in a document, have a cover page with your name, university, course number, a title of paper and date, and be formatted in accordance with the current APA manual. The eulogy (by itself) needs to consist of at least five and a half (5 ½) pages, the obituary three-quarters to one page, and a half page to three-quarters page devoted as what you would want on your grave marker. The paper needs to be grammatically sound and free of spelling errors.