Many funerals at funeral homes in Rockford, IL will include eulogies that are given for the person who has died. Eulogies are speeches that are given, as part of funeral services or memorial services, for someone who has died. Eulogies can be done by close friends of the deceased or by family members, because they knew the person well and they can speak to the things that eulogies are meant to bring out about a life well lived.
Eulogies are designed to express the thoughts and feelings of collective mourning collective mourning over someone who has died. Eulogies will often reflect on the character, the legacy, and the impact of the deceased. Because of this, eulogies will often include stories that the speaker knew about first-hand or heard about from someone else. The stories will share memories of how the person was and who the person was in their everyday life. The stories will often include things that nobody else may know about, but they bring comfort and happiness both to the grieving family and to other mourners.
Eulogies are given from the heart. They are unadorned and authentic recollections that highlight how the deceased changed the world in a positive way during their time on earth. Eulogies are very personal, because the people giving them knew the deceased very well. They may have known the deceased all their lives because they grew up together and went through the ups and downs of life together, never losing the closeness of their relationship even though time and sometimes distance separated them.
Most eulogies are based on the theme around which the narrative of the deceased’s life is framed.
If the deceased was active in their local community, the eulogy may focus on their impact and accomplishments within the community. This will highlight the dedication, the qualities, the care, and the concern that the deceased had for the friends and neighbors who lived around them.
Faith and devotion to God are also a theme that may be used in a eulogy. Many times, and these types of eulogies, the deceased’s life will be unfolded and its ups and downs recounted with the backdrop of never losing hope, never giving up, and never doubting their beliefs or God is a constant presence in their lives. These types of eulogies will also highlight good works and acts of love and kindness that the deceased did during their life.
Some eulogies use nature as a metaphor to illustrate the life of someone who is died. This is especially appropriate for people who were close to nature, who enjoyed the outdoors, and who had a strong connection to the land or the water.
There are many other themes that can be used in eulogies. They may include devotion to family, devotion to education, devotion to helping children or elderly people, or devotion to helping those less fortunate than themselves. In all cases, the stories and the memories will highlight how the deceased impacted the subject of the theme.
One of the other things that eulogies do is express, if the person giving it is not an immediate family member, condolences to the bereaved family on behalf of the mourners. Eulogies should also include an expression of appreciation to the mourners for gathering together to pay their respects to the deceased.
For more information on eulogies at funeral homes in Rockford, IL, our compassionate and experienced team at Collins & Stone Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 128 S 5th Street, Rockford, IL 61104, or you can call us today at (815) 965-1515.