Finding the right words for a eulogy can be hard. It’s so important to reflect the person involved … their personality, lifestyle, values. Knowing it will be read aloud to loved ones during the funeral service can add to the pressure involved.

So where do you start?

Staring at a blank screen or piece of paper, waiting for inspiration, feels uncomfortable. A starting point is knowing what to include within a eulogy. There’s no prescribed format to follow; however, it helps to know the type of information usually involved. Once you know the details to include, what’s next?

The role of artificial intelligence (AI)

AI is increasingly impacting our everyday lives. It offers big benefits … but is it an appropriate way of writing funeral eulogies and services?

Undoubtedly, AI is a great research tool. It’s quick, accessing online, global data and providing answers in just a few seconds. AI tool Chat GPT offer ideas for how to write a eulogy, offering the key steps involved:

  1. Understand the purpose
  2. Gather information
  3. Structure your eulogy
  4. Write the eulogy
  5. Review and edit
  6. Deliver your eulogy

This clarifies the process. But it doesn’t know the deceased person, their circumstances, their personality etc. That’s where the human touch really matters.

AI can help with content ideas but relying on it to write the eulogy itself risks being impersonal. For example, it may be appropriate to mention that the deceased person was an avid football fan and lifelong Arsenal supporter. AI can help with interesting facts about the club – maybe one resonates with the person involved? Perhaps they saw several matches during the team’s unbeaten season, used the team’s nickname or had a favourite star player? AI can offer these ‘prompts’ to help the eulogy content, however it doesn’t know the person’s views and experiences as an Arsenal fan. Were they in the crowd watching a cup final? Were they a season ticket holder? Did they ever meet the players? It’s these important details that add so much value to a eulogy, offering heartfelt, personalised words.

People Matter

At Austin’s we believe in blending personal care with professionalism. We are proud of the feedback received from bereaved families. Our team supports you every step of the way, tailoring our services to reflect your needs as well as the wishes of your loved one. We believe this bespoke, sincere approach is the best formula for preparing funeral services including eulogies. Increasingly, technology helps funerals (read more) however AI simply can’t write a truly personalised tribute. Cutting corners in this way will be noticed by loved ones.

We embrace technology when it genuinely helps and always prioritise people. The Austin’s team believes this bespoke support and tailored planning matters throughout the funeral process. This includes eulogies and services. If you would like help with any aspect of planning a funeral for a loved one, please let us know. Be assured that our advice and guidance come from our experience and compassion … not AI.

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