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How to Write a Eulogy for a Friend with Examples

Wayne Wood
How to Write a Eulogy for a Friend with Examples

Many believe that eulogies have to be perfect, but you do not have to be an orator to give one, nor does it have to be flawless. When you are writing a eulogy for a friend, just make it heartfelt and meaningful.

The basic rules of writing a eulogy for a friend are to add a little introduction, give a little snippet about your friendship, mention and acknowledge the family of the deceased and then add a little elevating and fitting conclusion. This applies whether you are giving a short one or are the person chosen to give a lengthy eulogy.

How to Write a Eulogy for a Friend

To help you, in this blog, we have gathered some touching tributes that you can use as eulogy for friend examples.

1. Honor Who they Were

If you lost a friend who worked in a demanding field then mention their selflessness and how they have impacted you. An example would be a frontline worker during the pandemic. If your friend was a frontline worker, then your eulogy can talk about their selflessness affected you.

‘[Name] was the type of person who would always step up for others, who needed it. Their kindness was one of their most noticeable traits, so it came as no surprise that they joined their field. They had always been the ones to put themselves on the line for the safety of others, and in the end, gave their lives so others can live.’

2. Mention their Impact on You

Writing a eulogy for a friend is already difficult, but writing one for a friend you grew up with is harder. If you have recently lost a lifelong friend, then this might be able to help you draft an outline where you mention how your friendship grew and impacted you.

‘[Name] had been a brother to me my whole life. We grew up together in the same neighborhood. Our mothers were friends before us so it was destined for us to be the same. Losing him is like not only losing a friend, but a brother, a confidant, and my closest companion. I do not know what life will be like without him, but I know as long as his memory is alive, in a way, he will be too.’

3. Talk About How you Met

Losing your best friend is painful, but honoring them through a eulogy helps alleviate a bit of that pain. Here is an example of a touching eulogy for a friend, so you can use this as a way to write your introduction.

‘I had always resisted the idea of friendship because I moved a lot as a child. When I met [Name] it was during seventh grade. I remember they came to me, extending a hand of friendship which I declined because I would move away. Their response was to tell me it doesn’t matter because we would always be friends. There were no barriers in our friendship, from that day, I believed that there is no distance too far for friendship.’

4. Keep it Uplifting

Death is hard, especially if it is at a young age. So, when writing a eulogy for a friend who died before their time, keep it hopeful and uplifting for those attending, similar to this example.

‘Though [Name] has been gone for some time, now, I still feel the pain of their absence. Some days are harder than others, but I remind myself that every milestone I accomplish is with them in my memories, and I’d like to believe that they are helping me somehow.’

5. Mention How the Relationship Blossomed

A relationship doesn’t need a long time to thrive, in some cases, for example, a work friendship can bloom in a few months. If you want an example of a touching eulogy for a friend you worked with, then talk about what they meant for you at a professional and personal level.

‘I recently spoke to [Name]’s partner and found out that they looked forward to seeing us in the office every day. At first, when I met them, I was hesitant, but slowly, their warmth and caring nature helped pull me out of my shell and we became close even after I switched departments. I know a lot of others feel much the same way'

Wayne Wood
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