Over 50s most want their children or Stephen Fry to read a eulogy at their funeral service

03 September 2018

Most over 50s would choose to have their children speak at their funeral 'if anything were possible'.

Funeral service eulogy

In a survey of over 50s, respondents commonly answered that they would like their son or daughter to read a eulogy at their funeral service. The most popular celebrity eulogiser, however, was academic and TV presenter Stephen Fry.

The research asked 261 men and women, aged 50 and above, who they would like to read their eulogy if ‘anything were possible’. The results show that most people would choose to have their children speak at their funeral. A large proportion of respondents also answered that they’d like to have a close friend read their eulogy.

Several respondents also provided the names of celebrity eulogisers they would like to read at their send off. Of these, Stephen Fry was the most popular. Other popular celebrity answers included world class documentarian David Attenborough, comedian Rowan Atkinson and the character Patsy from the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.

While the question was limitless in the criteria, the fact that the vast majority of respondents chose someone close to them, for example a friend or family member, shows that many people are still sentimental about their own funeral service.

A pre-paid funeral plan allows people to put their wishes down in writing and make arrangements for their service in advance. This includes making requests for eulogisers or speakers if necessary.

Emma Simpson, Marketing Manager, said: “It is very heart-warming to see that such a large proportion of people who responded to our survey would choose a loved one to read something at their service. We have always advocated that a funeral service is a very personal occasion and we believe there is no better or more personal way to purchase a funeral plan than through your local funeral director. This way, you can sit down with a professional and benefit from their industry knowledge and expertise when making your preferred arrangements.”

Source: OnePoll research of 261 men and women aged 50 and above on behalf of Ecclesiastical Planning Services, November 2017.