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Eulogy clincher

Monday, 17 February 2014

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One for you celebrants.

US Methodist minister Talbot Davis has written an open letter to fellow pastors on his blog urging them to make a better fist of funerals. He offers lots of sound advice and concludes by urging them to use his favourite line:

“[The deceased] is more alive now than they have ever been before.” 

Used at the end of a eulogy, he says, this goes down extremely well.

Tempted to try it?

(When I was a celebrant I had a favourite line. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.)

Greetings from the Isle of Portland, buffeted but unbowed.

5 comments on “Eulogy clincher

  1. Nick Potts

    Tuesday 18th February 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Tacky

  2. Kathryn Edwards

    Tuesday 18th February 2014 at 1:39 am

    Not at all tempted. Repelled, actually.

    I find his approach rather manipulative; he probably believes it to be a proper way to do his particular pastoring job.

    You pays your money …

  3. Monday 17th February 2014 at 10:59 pm

    !

  4. Jonathan

    Monday 17th February 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Not tempted to try it, no. Nor tempted to read the blog of a minister with a favourite line to tag onto a eulogy.

    Sometimes I wonder if we’re not driving a bandwagon?

    • Kitty

      Wednesday 19th February 2014 at 5:46 pm

      J – you say bandwagon, I say handcart.
      Favourite line – we’re all going in a handcart to hell, so stop your crying and sing as well (apologies to Joyce Grenfell)

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