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Although some people don’t like to think about death, a chronic condition or some near-death experience often alters those views. Brushing up against the grim reaper often motivates people to look at the brighter side of life and to think about how their deaths might affect others. Often, such a profound experience forces individuals to develop a deeper sense of introspection.

Presidential Eulogies

When President Barack Obama delivered his eulogy for Senator Ted Kennedy during the senator’s funeral this past weekend, he was not the first president to deliver a eulogy. Some of the most poignant eulogies for fallen politicians and extraordinary citizens were delivered by previous presidents over the past quarter century, including Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush.

How to Write a Eulogy

My mother has already written her obituary, because she’s afraid that someone will mess that little piece of writing up and she won’t be around to correct it. But, she can’t write my eulogy for her, a task that could fall on my shoulders if I’m around when she passes on. You see, she can write what she wants in her obituary; however, she cannot write what I would want to say about her once she’s gone. The eulogy belongs to the person who delivers it, not to the deceased.

What is a Eulogy?

Did you know that eulogies often were written in high praise or commendation of a person? Today, eulogies most often are associated with funerals, but the word derives from the Greek eu, meaning a combination of “good” or “well” and “true” or “genuine” and logy, or a termination of nouns referring to writing. The eulogia in the Greek Orthodx Church was a blessing. Today, the eulogy is known as a speech or writing in honor of a deceased person.