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Exercise Wednesday: the Eulogy

March 6, 2013

Yesterday, I went to a funeral mass. The day chapel was full and it was a wonderful celebration of the life of a guy who was once very generous to me. At the end of the mass, the eulogy was short, heartfelt, and seemed appropriate. And, as is probably common, the speaker had a hard time making it all the way through.

The eulogy was short because the person who died would have wanted it that way; it fit his personality.

Which begs the question of what your characters would want as a eulogy? Would they want it short and sweet? Would they like literary references? Would their eulogy speak much of heaven and Jesus? Would it reference struggle or triumph? Or would it be a few words arrived at with difficulty in front of a mostly empty room?

Today’s exercise is to write the eulogy for one of your characters, maybe a character you’re struggling with. Think about the type of person your character is–and the number of people who might be at the eulogy. Would the eulogy be short and delivered to a room full of people? Would it be something that needed to be done, delivered in front of almost no one? Would someone be particularly touched by it, and why?

Time limit: 25 minutes


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