"Once we're born, the only other certainty of life is that one day we and all of our loved ones die." - Beth L. Hewett
I haven't yet needed to write a eulogy, so I can't say what drew me to Hewett's Good Words. Something did, and I was instantly presented with a generous spirit. In The Guide to Using Good Words, Hewett suggests that, if the death of your loved one has been sudden, skip to chapter 3, where you'll find help in drafting a eulogy. She even invites readers to photocopy what they need. In the Introduction, she goes on to explain, "I have come to understand the eulogy's importance in recognizing and celebrating a loved one's life . . . My experiences will help you to write a eulogy that genuinely honors your loved one." She then sets about effectively helping you compose your thoughts.
Hewitt addresses everything from the eulogies purpose, to when to bless or honor rather than praise, and how to prepare when the deceased is a child, as well as differences between secular and religious settings. Her examples are clear and support the process she suggests.
Regardless of your need for Good Words, immediately or in the future, it's a comfort to know it's here during times of need.