If you have been asked to give a eulogy for a loved one and you are worried about crying and being very upset while you do so, you may be considering not doing the eulogy at all. This can be a mistake. Giving a eulogy can be therapeutic and can help you with the stress of the loss and to get the closure you need. To help you through this, funeral homes in Richmond, VA have some suggestions that can make a difference when giving the eulogy.
It is very important that you practice the eulogy. Take some time to do it on your own first, steadying yourself with the words, and then ask someone you trust to come listen to you. This can help you get over the shock of the words so that you do not feel them as strongly as you would if you were reading it for the first time. This can also help you get a good sense of where to slow down or take pauses.
On the day that you give the eulogy, make sure that you drink lots of water and eat something. People get very upset and they forget to do this, which can cause some lightheadedness and even fainting. That is not what you want to worry about on top of everything else. Be sure that you have something in your stomach before doing a task that puts such emotional strain on your body.
When you get ready to give the eulogy, take deep breaths to steady yourself. When people get nervous, they tend to get short of breath and to have a racing heart. A few deep breaths can help this. You may also want to stretch a bit to remove some of the tension from your body.
You need to have someone there offering support while you deliver the eulogy. It is a good idea to have them in the first row, if possible, so that you can look at them if you need to. For many people, the best person to do this is the one who has been listening to you practice the eulogy. They will know what parts are more difficult for you and what stresses you out the most, so they will be able to offer the support you need to get through them.
These are all things that you can do to make it easier to give a eulogy. Be sure to practice and to have someone helping you by offering emotional support. You also want to take the time to breathe and to get something to eat before the service begins so that you are not lightheaded. If you want to learn more about the process of giving a eulogy, you can contact a Richmond, VA funeral home like us at Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service. We are here to offer the support you need. Stop by our location at 6500 Iron Bridge Rd Richmond, VA 23234 or give us a call at (804) 275-7828.