Eulogy clincher

Charles Cowling



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 thoughts on “Eulogy clincher

  1. Charles Cowling
    Kathryn Edwards

    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 …

    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling

    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?

    Charles Cowling
    1. Charles Cowling

      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)

      Charles Cowling

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