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Posted: 8/20/2012 5:00:34 PM EDT
I'm scheduled to give the eulogy at a funeral, and while I'm not worried about finding things to say, I'm having trouble figuring out how to end it. It's not like there's going to be an applause or anything. Do I just say a prayer at the end? I don't know.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:03:30 PM EDT
"We miss you, X"
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:03:51 PM EDT



Quoted:


I'm scheduled to give the eulogy at a funeral, and while I'm not worried about finding things to say, I'm having trouble figuring out how to end it. It's not like there's going to be an applause or anything. Do I just say a prayer at the end? I don't know.


Yes



 
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:09:13 PM EDT
Round here it would probably end "Here we go Steelers, here we go"  
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:10:00 PM EDT
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Round here it would probably end "Here we go Steelers, here we go"  


Pretty sure my grandmother would kill me if I did something like that
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:11:13 PM EDT
Blah, blah,blah................................." You can't spell funeral without f-u-n, so let's get this party started ! "


(Pump fists in the air for added visual effect and to set the mood)




Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:12:41 PM EDT

Always end it with a joke.

Maybe a political one.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:13:37 PM EDT
"No one gets out of here alive!"






 
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:13:47 PM EDT
Moment of silence for the deceased?
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:14:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:16:15 PM EDT
I gave one this past Saturday for a good friend of mine that got killed in a motorcycle wreck being stupid. The last part of it was addressing him about the mark he left on me his family and friends and the final sentence was "rest easy my brother; we will see you on the other side"
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:16:55 PM EDT
If you and the deceased have agreeable religious beliefs, I'd go with the prayer.  If not, pick out a poem or a quote.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:17:04 PM EDT
He was my friend and I will miss him.

or

I know he is in a better place and mostly I'm just feeling sorry for myself right now.

Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:17:05 PM EDT
Quoted:

Quoted:
Moment of silence for the deceased?




Oh come on, it's a funeral.  The whole thing is quiety already.

Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:18:15 PM EDT
Thread in GD may not go as intended.  
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:19:05 PM EDT
Quoted:
If you and the deceased have agreeable religious beliefs, I'd go with the prayer.  If not, pick out a poem or a quote.


This seems like a good direction to go
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:19:31 PM EDT
Simply and profoundly.  Avoid the homily.
 
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:20:03 PM EDT
thanks for the ideas
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:21:28 PM EDT
"I know I will miss him, and I think many of you will too."
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:22:48 PM EDT
Ask for ammo in lieu of flowers.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:24:23 PM EDT
A message to the deceased loved one.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:25:39 PM EDT
ANd that is what I wanted to share with you today.  Thank you.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:26:04 PM EDT
I want a closed casket ceremony(without me in it) just so about halfway through the funeral, the lights dim, and my lifeless body comes prancing out tied to strings like a marionette. The whole puppet act. Yep, that'll be in my will.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:27:32 PM EDT
around here, it is usually the sound of beer cans cracking open.


Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:29:39 PM EDT
Prayer is always a good exit strategy! The Amen is a signal of closing. People will follow that lead especially when you exit the the podium afterward. Another nice touch is to say "thank you for attending the celebration of my grandfathers life this concludes the service". Then gracefully exit the podium.

God Bless you I'll keep you in my prayers.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:30:33 PM EDT
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Prayer is always a good exit strategy! The Amen is a signal of closing. People will follow that lead especially when you exit the the podium afterward. Another nice touch is to say "thank you for attending the celebration of my grandfathers life this concludes the service". Then gracefully exit the podium.

God Bless you I'll keep you in my prayers.


I like this, because it officially ends it.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:30:45 PM EDT
Quoted:
I want a closed casket ceremony(without me in it) just so about halfway through the funeral, the lights dim, and my lifeless body comes prancing out tied to strings like a marionette. The whole puppet act. Yep, that'll be in my will.


If I saw that I think it would scar me for life.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:31:12 PM EDT
cue the music!

My funeral is going to be a massive party. I don't want to be the cause of sadness.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:32:40 PM EDT
"Amen" or "yo"



"fo shizzle" works too

Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:33:16 PM EDT
"On behalf of the family I want to thank you all for coming.  Let us pray."  Then pray.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:33:37 PM EDT
"We're all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house. Birth 'til death. We travel between the eternities."
 
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:33:44 PM EDT
"and thats how we found out that half of Filipino hookers are men"
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:34:12 PM EDT
A heartfelt "you will be missed" is always appropriate.

If it's poetry you want:

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.



But if it's humor you're after....

Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:34:27 PM EDT
"Kstanton OUT!", then you drop the mic.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:35:13 PM EDT
If its open casket, pull their arm out and give them one last high five.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:53:42 PM EDT
Won't work for everyone, of course, must have history to build on...

...but I always end on a joke. Even when crying like a little girl.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:04:14 PM EDT

that poem was awesome..
I am going to request that at my funeral..
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:05:03 PM EDT



Quoted:



Quoted:

If you and the deceased have agreeable religious beliefs, I'd go with the prayer.  If not, pick out a poem or a quote.




This seems like a good direction to go


Or, speak to the minister for the funeral beforehand and arrange a respectful "handoff" so he can deliver a prayer........

 
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:09:39 PM EDT
"Today, all of our lives are without that 'secret spice'.  



Yet today, we know exactly what is missing."



"This world is now missing something that we all have taken for granted.  Today is the day that we acknowledge that this person was the one who gave that to all of us".


 
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:11:17 PM EDT
Quoted:
I want a closed casket ceremony(without me in it) just so about halfway through the funeral, the lights dim, and my lifeless body comes prancing out tied to strings like a marionette. The whole puppet act. Yep, that'll be in my will.


Snt forget the strobe light. And strippers, nick
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:22:25 PM EDT
If open casket.....walk down beside the casket, take his shoes, then point & say ".... And That's for the $20 bucks you still owe me" ....then briskly walk out.


or not
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:34:33 PM EDT





Fire your AK into the air.*






































* may not apply if funeral is in US





















 
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:35:35 PM EDT
My mom completely lost it at my father's funeral. She went from giving a generally stoic and elegant eulogy to screaming my father's name, begging him to come back and kicking the casket stand while pounding on his chest. It was .... odd .... I'd say if you can keep from doing that, you'll be fine.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:37:44 PM EDT
"And now that this task is done, let us do as the dear departed would wish for us to do:  Put the FUN in FUNeral.  Let the party begin!"




Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:38:13 PM EDT
...and one for the homies...

Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:40:50 PM EDT
A strong quote is was I'd use to end it.

And if I'm writing any type of speech, I'm aiming for applause.



Something stupid from the internet like "When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. "  People will like it.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:42:10 PM EDT




Quoted:

I'm scheduled to give the eulogy at a funeral, and while I'm not worried about finding things to say, I'm having trouble figuring out how to end it. It's not like there's going to be an applause or anything. Do I just say a prayer at the end? I don't know.


Leading/offering a prayer should work.

Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:42:59 PM EDT
To ascend you must die.

You must be crucified

For our sins and our lies.

Goodbye.
 
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:43:09 PM EDT
I'll give you how I summed up my dad's eulogy.

I could ramble on for hours about my opinions regarding my father. Some of my friends will be forced to hear most of it at some point. But I picked this very narrow avenue to illustrate the goodness and the impact of my father. He has done so much for so many. I pray every single night that I have done justice by him, and that I will be able to do so for the rest of my life. My future wife and children will never know him, but I hope I can convey his essence to them through my character and my actions.

A very big part of me is going into the ground today. I prayed to my heavenly Father that He have mercy on my father’s soul. No one is perfect. In my father was a great man. In my father was a servant for God’s children.

I will ponder my own salvation with fear and trembling. And I will remember my father for the good, just, and honest man he was.

Even so, it is well with my soul.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:45:19 PM EDT
Raise a beer and cook the steer.
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 6:46:36 PM EDT

Funerals in my mind, are totally bizarre and insane.
I just want the part at the cemetery.
Viewing a dead body in make up and a suit just drives the people that love them insane.
That is what you will remember about the person, at least I do.
I am 51 and the viewing still creeps me out beyond belief.
I threatened to haunt my wife if she dresses me up for everyone to look at.
ONe of the funniest funeral scenes i have seen is East bound and down when Kenny Powers goes to his friends funeral.
That really made me laugh until I couldnt catch my breath.
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