Thursday, May 5, 2016

Eulogy for a Friend 2

Eulogy for a Friend 2

 I don't know how to tell you what a great friend Tom was. Anything that guy could do to get a rush he would do it. He went sky diving, rock climbing, snorkeling, and pretty much anywhere else he could get hurt or killed. Usually he would take me along with him. Sometimes I would go kicking and screaming, but I owe a lot of my life experience to him. A lot of the things we did together, I wouldn't have gotten to do without him in my life. When he got sick there were still a lot of adventures he wanted to have. I went with him again on his adventure. Watching two old men climb a mountain making frequent stops had to be a funny sight. He didn’t let me give up; he never would have let me give up in anything we were doing together.

I know there are a lot of people right now hurting, because Tom was such a bright light in your life. His children and grandchildren have lost such a special loved one. Tom was the friend I knew would do anything for me, and I would do anything for him. He wanted to be there for anyone who needed it, and was happy to share his faith with those who needed to hear it. He was a gentle soul but he could also be as stubborn as the day is long. He had his flaws, but he also had many fine qualities as well, and was smart as a whip. In school he always helped me when I was struggling with a class. He just got it and never minded helping me to learn how to do it. Tom had that way with people. He didn’t mind helping you if you needed it. He loved teaching his grandchildren and his children before them all the life lessons they needed to learn. He instilled in them all the values he lived his life by, and I was fortunate enough to get to see them grow up through his teachings. Now my children and grandchildren are friends with his which makes me happy. I can see him in all their bright little faces, and I know that he was proud to have such a beautiful family. Tom was a man who knew how lucky he was.

It’s hard to think that we are not going to get to see him anymore. While we miss him here we know that he is now in a better place looking down at all of us and hopefully smiling over me up here trying to talk about him. There will never be another like Tom and we need to remember to have a little adventurer in our life and not take everything so seriously. That’s how Tom lived his life, and it worked for him. Let’s celebrate his life by trying to take time to smell the roses and live in the moment. I know he will be along for the ride in our hearts.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Seven Easy Steps to Writing a Eulogy

Seven Easy Steps to Writing a Eulogy
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Step One: Gather some information. 
Write down as many personal notes about the deceased as possible. Look at photos, clippings. Flipping through photo albums may remind you of important qualities and memories of the person who died. Answer a few questions: What made your loved one truly happy? What inspired you to write this eulogy? What were your loved one's passions? What will you remember most about this person? Keep in mind that a eulogy is not a biography but more your personal thoughts and remembrances from your point of view. You may want to ask co-workers, friends and others for their stories and memories. You should see some repetition in your notes and this will lead to the main theme.

Step Two: Organize your content. Outline the eulogy in these steps:

I. A beginning to establish your theme.

II. A middle section to build on your theme with personal stories, information, quotes, comments, sayings, poems and other content. This information should make up 90% of the eulogy.

III. A conclusion to summarize your thoughts and restate your theme.

Step Three: Work first on the middle section (Part II). 
Once you have this part the beginning and summary will be easy. Develop the outline by grouping similar themes from your notes from Step 1. For example, you might want to gather all the achievements together. Merge the comments about the deceased individual's philosophy of life.

Step Four: Organize the conclusion (Part III).
 A conclusion reminds the listeners of the theme and imprints the strong feeling you have about the loss. The key is to conclude effectively and quickly.

Here is an example:

"We will all miss Jackie's sense of humor, her talent for knowing what is really important in life and her famous chocolate chip cookies" (a little humor doesn't hurt as long as it's not offensive to anyone).

"Her example lives as an inspiration for all of us to follow."

Step Five: Write the beginning of the eulogy (Part 1). 
This usually starts with an attention getter. It will set the theme and can be in the form of a short story, a poem, a saying, lyrics to a song. It will introduce the goal and theme you used when you began the process.

Step Six: Polish it up. 
Your best bet is to walk away from it for a few hours or overnight if possible. Work on it so it sounds like a conversation. You want to talk to the audience as naturally as possible.

Key tips:
# Keep it short, 4-8 minutes long, 3-7 typed pages.
# Type it out using 14 pt type so it's easy to read.
# Vary sentence length.
# Number the pages.
# Practice the eulogy aloud and time yourself.
# Read it to friends and family and get their feedback. Edit where necessary.
# Keep the content in good taste and keep it positive.

Step Seven: Delivering the eulogy. 
While normally speakers do not read word-for-word, because you are more than likely going to be emotional, don't be afraid to read word for word. This way you won't leave out any key points you or others wanted said.

If making eye contact with members of the audience will make you emotional, either try and keep your eyes on the page or look just over the top of the audience to the back of the room.

Feel free to pause, take a deep breath and drink some water. Everyone will understand. They are emotionally distraught also.

Speak as naturally as you can just as if you were telling someone about your loved one. Speak up. It's very important that you speak clearly and loudly so that everyone can hear you.

Keep the written eulogy as a memento. You can add it to your memento chest and share it with others who may want a copy.

By following these steps, writing and delivering a eulogy will become less stressful and more of a healing process.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Reagan's Eulogy for the Challenger Astronauts

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Reagan's Eulogy for the Challenger Astronauts

Eulogy delivered by President Reagan on January 31, 1986 at a memorial service held in Houston Texas for the Challenger astronauts -- Dick Scobee, Michael Smith, Judith Resnik, Ellison Onizuka, Ronald McNair, Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe.

"We come together today to mourn the loss of seven brave Americans, to share the grief we all feel and, perhaps in that sharing, to find the strength to bear our sorrow and the courage to look for the seeds of hope.

Our nation's loss is first a profound personal loss to the family and the friends and loved ones of our Shuttle astronauts.

To those they have left behind--the mothers, the fathers, the husbands and wives, brothers, sisters, and yes, especially the children--all of America stands beside you in your time of sorrow.

What we say today is only an inadequate expression of what we carry in our hearts. Words pale in the shadow of grief; they seem insufficient even to measure the brave sacrifice of those you loved and we so admired. Their truest testimony will not be in the words we speak, but in the way they led their lives and in the way they lost those lives--with dedication, honor and an unquenchable desire to explore this mysterious and beautiful universe.

The best we can do is remember our seven astronauts--our Challenger Seven--remember them as they lived, bringing life and love and joy to those who knew them and pride to a nation.

They came from all parts of this great country--from South Carolina to Washington State; Ohio to Mohawk, New York; Hawaii to North Carolina to Concord, New Hampshire. They were so different, yet in their mission, their quest, they held so much in common.

We remember Dick Scobee, the Commander who spoke the last words we heard from the Space Shuttle Challenger. He served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, earning many medals for bravery, and later as a test pilot of advanced aircraft before joining the space program. Danger was a familiar companion to Commander Scobee.

We remember Michael Smith, who earned enough medals as a combat pilot to cover his chest, including the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals--and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, in gratitude from a nation that he fought to keep free.

We remember Judith Resnik, known as J.R. to her friends, always smiling, always eager to make a contribution, finding beauty in the music she played on her piano in her off-hours.

We remember Ellison Onizuka, who, as a child running barefoot through the coffee fields and macadamia groves of Hawaii, dreamed of someday traveling to the Moon. Being an Eagle Scout, he said, had helped him soar to the impressive achievement of his career.

We remember Ronald McNair, who said that he learned perseverance in the cotton fields of South Carolina. His dream was to live aboard the Space Station, performing experiments and playing his saxophone in the weightlessness of space; Ron, we will miss your saxophone and we will build your Space Station.

We remember Gregory Jarvis. On that ill-fated flight he was carrying with him a flag of his university in Buffalo, New York--a small token he said, to the people who unlocked his future.

We remember Christa McAuliffe, who captured the imagination of the entire nation, inspiring us with her pluck, her restless spirit of discovery; a teacher, not just to her students, but to an entire people, instilling us all with the excitement of this journey we ride into the future.

We will always remember them, these skilled professionals, scientists and adventurers, these artists and teachers and family men and women, and we will cherish each of their stories--stories of triumph and bravery, stories of true American heroes.

On the day of the disaster, our nation held a vigil by our television sets. In one cruel moment, our exhilaration turned to horror; we waited and watched and tried to make sense of what we had seen. That night, I listened to a call-in program on the radio: people of every age spoke of their sadness and the pride they felt in 'our astronauts.' Across America, we are reaching out, holding hands, finding comfort in one another.

The sacrifice of your loved ones has stirred the soul of our nation and, through the pain, our hearts have been opened to a profound truth--the future is not free, the story of all human progress is one of a struggle against all odds.

We learned again that this America, which Abraham Lincoln called the last best hope of man on Earth, was built on heroism and noble sacrifice. It was built by men and women like our seven star voyagers, who answered a call beyond duty, who gave more than was expected or required, and who gave it with little thought to worldly reward.

We think back to the pioneers of an earlier century, and the sturdy souls who took their families and the belongings and set out into the frontier of the American West. Often, they met with terrible hardship. Along the Oregon Trail you can still see the grave markers of those who fell on the way. But grief only steeled them to the journey ahead.

Today, the frontier is space and the boundaries of human knowledge. Sometimes, when we reach for the stars, we fall short. But we must pick ourselves up again and press on despite the pain. Our nation is indeed fortunate that we can still draw on immense reservoirs of courage, character and fortitude--that we are still blessed with heroes like those of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Dick Scobee knew that every launching of a Space Shuttle is a technological miracle. And he said, if something ever does go wrong, I hope that doesn't mean the end to the Space Shuttle program. Every family member I talked to asked specifically that we continue the program, that that is what their departed loved one would want above all else. We will not disappoint them.

Today, we promise Dick Scobee and his crew that their dream lives on; that the future they worked so hard to build will become reality. The dedicated men and women of NASA have lost seven members of their family. Still, they too, must forge ahead, with a space program that is effective, safe and efficient, but bold and committed.

Man will continue his conquest of space. To reach out for new goals and ever greater achievements--that is the way we shall commemorate our seven Challenger heroes.

Dick, Mike, Judy, El, Ron, Greg and Christa--your families and your country mourn your passing. We bid you goodbye. We will never forget you. For those who knew you well and loved you, the pain will be deep and enduring. A nation, too, will long feel the loss of her seven sons and daughters, her seven good friends. We can find consolation only in faith, for we know in our hearts that you who flew so high and so proud now make your home beyond the stars, safe in God's promise of eternal life.

May God bless you all and give you comfort in this difficult time."

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Kevin Costner Eulogy for Whitney Houston

Kevin Costner Eulogy for Whitney Houston
Kevin Costner delivered a moving, often humorous, but ultimately heartbreaking eulogy for his old friend today.

The 57-year-old recalled the close relationship he developed with the late star when they worked together on 1992's smash hit movie, The Bodyguard.

He talked about how much the twosome had in common, despite appearances to the contrary.
'We had more in common than you think': Kevin Costner talked movingly about his friendship with Whitney Houston as he delivered a eulogy for his friend

'We had more in common than you think': Kevin Costner talked movingly about his friendship with Whitney Houston as he delivered a eulogy for his friend

He started by telling the congregation that the song I Will Always Love You 'almost wasn’t. She was meant to sing What Becomes of the Broken Hearted.'

Before adding: 'So what becomes of OUR broken hearts? Whitney returns home today to the place where it all began, and I urge us all, inside and outside, across the nation and around the world to dry our tears, suspend our sorrow - and perhaps our anger - just long enough, just long enough to remember the sweet miracle of Whitney.'

‘Your mother and I had a lot in common,’ he said to Bobbi Kristina. ‘He’s a boy, she’s a girl. I’m white, she’s black. You’d think we had nothing in common but we did.’

‘We both grew up in a Baptist church. My grandmother led the choir and played the piano.’

Kevin then recounted stories of his childhood in church that Whitney enjoyed him telling her when they worked together.
'I can see her running around as a skinny child': Costner obviously found delivering the eulogy difficult

'I can see her running around this church as a skinny little girl': Costner obviously found speaking about his beloved friend difficult at times

'You weren't just pretty, you were as beautiful as a woman could be': Costner addressed his friend, and her fears of not being good enough as a singer

'You weren't just pretty, you were as beautiful as a woman could be': Costner addressed Whitney, and discussed her fears of not being good enough as a singer

He recalled: 'The church was the centre of our social life and Whitney and I would laugh, knowing it was also the place where we could really get into big trouble, especially when you were allowed to sit with your friends and not your parents in the big church. I remember more than once being pulled from the pew for whispering and passing notes. I don't believe my feet ever hit the floor as my father hauled me outside in front of everyone. I believed even the preacher prayed for me.'

'It was easy for us to laugh. The church was what we knew. It was our private bond. I can see her in my own mind running around here as a skinny little girl knowing everyone, everyone's business, knowing every inch of this place. I can also see her in trouble, too. Trying to use that beautiful smile, trying to talk her way out of it, and Cissy not having any of it,' he added.

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Kevin continued: ‘As I’m sure of Whitney’s place in musical history. I’m also sure of how she felt about her mother.'

‘Was she good enough. Could I have done better. Did they really like me or were they just being polite because they’re scared of you Cissy?’

He spoke about how there was initial anxiety about having Whitney, a black woman, to play against Kevin Costner.

But he said for him that there was a sigh of relief when it turned out that Whitney was going to be able to do The Bodyguard because she was going to be on tour and he felt so strongly about it that he would wait a year for so she would be available.
Fond memories: Costner recalled how he and Whitney used to share stories about their upbringings around the Baptist church

Fond memories: Costner recalled how he and Whitney used to share stories about their upbringings around the Baptist church

Protection: Costner seemed sad that he played Britney's bodyguard yet failed to save her in real life

‘Whitney was nervous and scared that she wasn’t good enough for the role. But I told her I would be with her every step of the way.

‘I wanted to tell her that the fame was rigged. That I didn’t care how the test went, that she could fall down and start speaking in tongues. That somehow it was a kind of acting method.

‘The Whitney I knew despite her worldwide fame, always worried. Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?’ Costner shared.

‘The part that made her great and the part that made her great was also the part that made her stumble.’
'Only Whitney could've played the part:' Costner admits his role could've been played by anyone but Houston made the film

The real bodyguard: Whitney's protector of eleven years, Ray Watson, spoke after Costner at the funeral

‘A lot of men could have played that role. But you Whitney were the only person who could have played Rachel Marron.

‘People didn’t just like you Whitney. They loved you.

‘I was your pretend bodyguard once. And now you’re gone too soon.

‘What you did was the rarest of achievements. You set the bar so high. That your colleagues don’t even sing that little country song. What’s the point.’

‘I think Whitney would tell you, little girls wanting to become singers. Guard your bodies and guard the precious miracle you have.

‘Off you go Whitney, off you go. Escorted by an army of angels to your heavenly father,’ Costner said.

‘When you sing before him. Don’t you worry. You will be good enough.’
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Edward Kennedy's Eulogy for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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Edward Kennedy's Eulogy for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Last summer, when we were on the upper deck on the boat at the Vineyard, waiting for President and Mrs. Clinton to arrive, Jackie turned to me and said: "Teddy, you go down and greet the President."

"But," I said, "Maurice is already there."

And Jackie answered: "Teddy, you do it. Maurice isn't running for re-election."

She was always there--for all our family--in her special way.

She was a blessing to us and to the nation-and a lesson to the world on how to do things right, how to be a mother, how to appreciate history, how to be courageous.

No one else looked like her, spoke like her, wrote like her, or was so original in the way she did things. No one we knew ever had a better sense of self.

Eight months before she married Jack, they went together to President Eisenhower's Inaugural Ball. Jackie said later that that's where they decided they liked Inaugurations.

No one ever gave more meaning to the title of First Lady. The nation's capital city looks as it does because of her. She saved Lafayette Square and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Jackie brought the greatest artists to the white House, and brought the Arts to the center of national attention. Today, in large part because of her inspiration and vision, the arts are an abiding part of national policy.

President Kennedy took such delight in her brilliance and her spirit. At a white House dinner, he once leaned over and told the wife of the French Ambassador, "Jackie speaks fluent French. But I only understand one out of every five words she says--and that word is DeGaulle."

And then, during those four endless days in 1963, she held us together as a family and a country. In large part because of her, we could grieve and then go on, She lifted us up, and in the doubt and darkness, she gave her fellow citizens back their pride as Americans. She was then 34 years old.

Afterward, as the eternal fame she lit flickered in the autumn of Arlington Cemetery, Jackie went on to do what she most wanted--to raise Caroline and John, and warm her family's life and that of all the Kennedys.

Robert Kennedy sustained her, and she helped make it possible for Bobby to continue. She kept Jack's memory alive, as he carried Jack's mission on. Her two children turned out to be extraordinary, honest, unspoiled, and with a character equal to hers. And she did it in the most trying of circumstances. They are her two miracles.

Her love for Caroline and John was deep and unqualified. She reveled in their accomplishments, she hurt with their sorrows, and she felt sheer joy and delight in spending time with them. At the mere mention of one of their names, Jackie's eyes would shine brighter and her smile would grow bigger.

She once said that if you "bungle raising your children nothing else much matters in life." She didn't bungle. Once again, she showed how to do the most important thing of all, and do it right.

When she went to work, Jackie became a respected professional in the world of publishing. And because of her, remarkable books came to life. She searched out new authors and ideas. She was interested in everything.

Her love of history became a devotion to historic preservation. You knew, when Jackie joined the cause to save a building in Manhattan, the bulldozers might as well turn around and go home.

She had a wonderful sense of humor--a way of focusing on someone with total attention--and a little girl delight in who they were and what they were saying. It was a gift of herself that she gave to others. And in spite of all her heartache and loss, she never faltered.

I often think of what she said about Jack in December after he died: "They made him a legend, when he would have preferred to be a man.' Jackie would have preferred to be just herself, but the world insisted that she be a legend, too.

She never wanted public notice, in part I think, because it brought back painful memories of an unbearable sorrow, endured in the glare of a million lights.

In all the years since then, her genuineness and depth of character continued to shine through the privacy to reach people everywhere. Jackie was too young to be a widow in 1963, and too young to die now.

Her grandchildren were bringing new joy to her life, a joy that illuminated her face whenever you saw them together. Whether it was taking Rose and Tatiana for an ice cream cone, or taking a walk in Central Park with little Jack as she did last Sunday, she relished being Grand Jackie and showering her grandchildren with love.

At the end, she worried more about us tan herself. She let her family and friends know she was thinking of them. How cherished were those wonderful notes in her distinctive hand on her powder blue stationery!

In truth, she did everything she could--and more--for each of us.

She made a rare and noble contribution to the American spirit. But for us, most of all she was a magnificent wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

She graced our history. And for those of us who knew and loved her--she graced our lives.
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Edward Kennedy's Eulogy to JFK j.r.

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Edward Kennedy's Eulogy to JFK j.r.

Thank you, President and Mrs. Clinton and Chelsea, for being here today. You've shown extraordinary kindness through the course of this week.

Once, when they asked John what he would do if he went into politics and was elected president, he said, "I guess the first thing is call up Uncle Teddy and gloat." I loved that. It was so like his father.

From the first day of his life, John seemed to belong not only to our family, but to the American family. The whole world knew his name before he did. A famous photograph showed John racing across the lawn as his father landed in the White House helicopter and swept up John in his arms. When my brother saw that photo, he exclaimed, "Every mother in the United States is saying, 'Isn't it wonderful to see that love between a son and his father, the way that John races to be with his father.' Little do they know, that son would have raced right by his father to get to that helicopter."

But John was so much more than those long ago images emblazoned in our minds. He was a boy who grew into a man with a zest for life and a love of adventure. He was a pied piper who brought us all along. He was blessed with a father and mother who never thought anything mattered more than their children.

When they left the White House, Jackie's soft and gentle voice and unbreakable strength of spirit guided him surely and securely to the future. He had a legacy, and he learned to treasure it. He was part of a legend, and he learned to live with it. Above all, Jackie gave him a place to be himself, to grow up, to laugh and cry, to dream and strive on his own.

John learned that lesson well. He had amazing grace. He accepted who he was, but he cared more about what he could and should become. He saw things that could be lost in the glare of the spotlight. And he could laugh at the absurdity of too much pomp and circumstance.

He loved to travel across the city by subway, bicycle and roller blade. He lived as if he were unrecognizable, although he was known by everyone he encountered. He always introduced himself, rather than take anything for granted. He drove his own car and flew his own plane, which is how he wanted it. He was the king of his domain.

He thought politics should be an integral part of our popular culture, and that popular culture should be an integral part of politics. He transformed that belief into the creation of "George." John shaped and honed a fresh, often irreverent journal. His new political magazine attracted a new generation, many of whom had never read about politics before.

John also brought to "George" a wit that was quick and sure. The premier issue of "George" caused a stir with a cover photograph of Cindy Crawford dressed as George Washington with a bare belly button. The "Reliable Source" in The Washington Post printed a mock cover of "George" showing not Cindy Crawford, but me dressed as George Washington, with my belly button exposed. I suggested to John that perhaps I should have been the model for the first cover of his magazine. Without missing a beat, John told me that he stood by his original editorial decision.

John brought this same playful wit to other aspects of his life. He campaigned for me during my 1994 election and always caused a stir when he arrived in Massachusetts. Before one of his trips to Boston, John told the campaign he was bringing along a companion, but would need only one hotel room. Interested, but discreet, a senior campaign worker picked John up at the airport and prepared to handle any media barrage that might accompany John's arrival with his mystery companion. John landed with the companion all right < an enormous German shepherd dog named Sam he had just rescued from the pound. He loved to talk about the expression on the campaign worker's face and the reaction of the clerk at the Charles Hotel when John and Sam checked in. I think now not only of these wonderful adventures, but of the kind of person John was. He was the son who quietly gave extraordinary time and ideas to the Institute of Politics at Harvard that bears his father's name. He brought to the institute his distinctive insight that politics could have a broader appeal, that it was not just about elections, but about the larger forces that shape our whole society. Short Eulogy Examples

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Michael Jackson's Eulogies: A Memorable Memorial

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Michael Jackson's Eulogies: A Memorable Memorial

On Tuesday, July 7, 2009, the funeral of Michael Jackson, dubbed the "king of pop", took place in Los Angeles, CA at Staples center. It is the place where the singer
had been rehearsing rigorously in preparation for a series of concerts in London in which he was scheduled to perform as part of what was to be an unprecedented revival and promotion of his popularity.

Jackson's intimate friends and family members gathered to bid him farewell in a private ceremony that took place earlier in Forest Lawn cemetery of Hollywood Hills. Unfortunately, the request for privacy on behalf of the family by Jermain Jackson was not respected. The paparazzi
made their un-welcomed presence known as did various television stations when their helicopters appeared in flight overhead.

Nevertheless, Michael Jackson's funeral contained elements that others may want to take as an example in planning memorial services for themselves or loved ones. What are some of these elements? First, one fan of the pop music star commented on how powerfully Jackson's 11 year
old daughter, Paris, affected the ceremony in her eulogy. Seldom do adults encourage the deliverance of eulogies by children, especially if they are having a difficult time with the loss of a loved one. However, if the child is old enough to understand what death is, they should not
automatically be denied the opportunity to say goodbye to their deceased relative or friend in their own special way. Paris' words revealed what no one else could say for her--that she considered Michael Jackson to be the best father anyone could imagine.

Although many have found it incredible to believe that the singer's three children are his biological offspring, they said it simply didn't matter after hearing Paris' eulogy.

Another unique feature of Michael Jackson's funeral is that it actually took place twice-- a "private" memorial service for close family and friends, and another for the adoring public. Again, this is something that can be implemented in funerals for non-celebrities, allowing the family and chosen friends a final time to be together before their loved one's burial and the final goodbye.

Stevie Wonder, expressed the wishes of so many when he said, "This is a moment I wish I'd never lived to see." He gave tribute to Michael Jackson in his singing of the theme song, "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer."

Jackson's fans, whether they could attend his funeral or not, were not left out when it came to giving tribute to the star. The web site,, gave his followers the opportunity to give their eulogies in cyber space. The element that made this type of homage unique is that some fans addressed Jackson personally in statements such as, "I will always love you Michael. Your music will live forever." It was impossible to allow every fan, friend, and family member the opportunity to eulogize Jackson at his funeral. However, the Internet has made it possible for every admirer of his to not only offer their tribute, but also to have it heard and read by others who identify with their words.
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