It's a fact of life - most of us will, at some point, have
to speak at the funeral of a loved one. This is
perhaps the most difficult kind of speech to write, to
give, or even to think about - it comes at a time fraught
with emotional pain, and on very short notice. But
it can be done! Here are some things that might
Reminisce - Start by talking
with some other people who knew the person in the same
way you did. Talk about what you remember, what
you'll miss, and good stories that showed the nature
of the person. This might be tough, but they'll
be good tears!
Humor - A funeral is, believe
it or not, a place where people can use humor
most. Tell funny stories about the person, make
everyone give a good chuckle through the tears.
But make sure it's the right kind of humor - I call it
"sweet humor." Stay far away from
sarcasm, groaners, or any other kinds of
"funny." Sweet humor will help
only spoken at one funeral, but I hope that this example
can help some of you out there who need it: Speech
at My Grandmother's Funeral.