Monday, February 17, 2014

3 Really Great Ideas For Writing A Sibling Eulogy

When we are kids, it is natural to fight with our brothers and sisters. It's just the way things are. As adults, we often still fight with our siblings. However, for many of us, our relationships with our brothers and sisters intensify as we get older.

Our siblings are, in many ways, the only other people who experienced the same things we did as children. We have the same family, and often, similar characteristics (that's probably why we fight).

The death of a sibling is a confusing time. For some, it's like losing a piece of themselves. For others, it's a sign of their own mortality. Some people see the death of a sibling as breaking a connection to their past and, some view such a loss as a lost opportunity to be closer.

No matter what you're feeling, you've been called upon to eulogize your brother or sister. Your eulogy can take many forms. You can use it as a chance to share family stories—funny or serious. You can use it as an opportunity to share your feelings about your brother or sister with the world. And, you can take this chance to make everyone aware of how special your sibling was.

1. Traditional Brother Eulogy: Describe a humorous spat between you and your brother as children—a tussle over a favorite toy or jealousy over who got the bigger piece of cake, for example. Describe a time when, as children, your brother showed you some kindness or did something nice. Describe a time when you realized that your brother was a good person as an adult. This is an opportunity to discuss your brother's adult life as a husband, a father, a career person or military person. Name ways in which you and your brother were similar. Use examples.

2. Traditional Sister Eulogy: Share a story from your childhood. Describe a time when, as children, your sister showed you some kindness or did something nice. Share stories about your adult lives. These can be humorous or serious. List her accomplishments including family, charity work, career, interests, etc. List some of the positive influences your sister had on others.

3. Traditional Sibling Letter: Writing a letter to your sibling is often a popular choice. Write it like you would you was speaking directly to them. Mention things that stand out from when you were a kid. Mention the lessons that they taught you through your life.

Losing a sibling is very difficult, to say the least. It brings death to a complete realization for many of us. No one can know you as well as a sibling since they were there with you growing up, every step of the way.

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