The parts in CAPITAL LETTERS are headings that show you the structure of the funeral speech.
You don’t include them in your speech.
A famous writer once said “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give”.
If that is true, then ________ (name of deceased) made a great life. He/She was the most giving
person I’ve ever known. And judging from the nodding heads I see in front of me, it seems that
many of you agree.
_________ (name) was born __________ (full birth name) on ________ (their birthdate) in
_______ (city). He/She was the ______ (first, second, only) child of ________ (name of loved
one’s father) and ________ (name of loved one’s mother). They lived in _______ (city) from
_____ (year) to _______ (year), and later moved to _______ and _______.
SCHOOLING AND WORK
_________ (name) went to _______ and _______ (name of schools) and graduated with
________ (name of degree or training). He/She then went to work for ________ (name of
company) as a _______ (name of postion). Over the years, ______(name) also worked for
________, _______ and _______ (name of other companies) OR also worked in _______ and
_______ (type of job, e.g. sales, teaching, farming, homemaking).
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
In ______ (year) ________ (name) met _______ (name of spouse) and they were married _____
(number) years later. Eventually they had ___ (number) children, _______, _______ and
_______ (names of their children). Last year, ______ (name) and _______ (spouse’s name)
celebrated their _____ (number, e.g. 50th) wedding anniversary.
HOBBIES AND SERVICE
______ (name) was very active in the ________ (church, community, local theatre, quilting,
volunteer firefighting). He/She devoted many hours to _______ (hobby or service) and was
known for ________ (what person was known for in the hobby or service, e.g. her exquisite quilt
designs; always being ready with a helping hand; always having a positive attitude).