Friends Romans Countrymen ... lend me your ears - probably one of the most famous eulogies?
Marc Antony, a character in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" delivered a remarkable and memorable example of a eulogy speech after Julius Caesar was assassinated in the play.
Words of wisdom often quoted - yet timeless and universal.
Marc Antony certainly delivered a memorable eulogy for his friend - let's see what we can learn from it.
EXAMPLE OF EULOGY SPEECH
"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones.
So let it be with Caesar."
An effective and dignified eulogy should focus on honoring and remembering the good that a person has done - sincerely and honestly. The tribute should not overtly praise as it can sound insincere. Instead remember the good that the person has done and don't let their worthiness be forgotten or be buried with them. Keep their memory alive.
"He was my friend, faithful and just to me"
In your eulogy you should aim to speak from your heart.
Tell the congregants who have come to pay their final respects to a loved one, exactly what the deceased person meant to you. Say it simply. Say it sincerely and reflect on the special role that your friend played in your life.
"I am here to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause."
Once you have had the opportunity to reflect upon the value that the deceased person added to your life, expand a little more. Share some of the poignant memories and special moments that his/her family, friends and acquaintances may have shared with you.
In this way, your words will pay tribute to the many different facets of a loved one and the amazing and unforgettable role that they played in so many people's lives.
I wish you courage and strength in face of your loss. Friends Romans Countrymen - May your words of wisdom keep their memory alive.