Cricketer Phillip Hughes funeral at Macksville.
Cricketer Phillip Hughes funeral at Macksville. Trevor Veale

Delivering a eulogy can tear your heart out

OVER the years, I have been called on to deliver eulogies at many funerals.

Too many, in fact.

Having worked in television for many years, friends naturally assume that I have no fear about getting up in front of people and speaking into a microphone.

That is partly true, but no matter your public speaking experience nothing can prepare you for the emotion that closes in on you at a funeral service

I watched Michael Clarke deliver his eulogy at Macksville yesterday for Phillip Hughes and I knew exactly how he was feeling.

As you say your carefully prepared words, you struggle to hold back a torrent of emotions.

You have to stop, take a deep breath and then try to keep going.

Anyone who has stood at the pulpit speaking of someone who has just passed away will know exactly what I am saying.

You do it because you want to show your love and respect, but it can tear your heart out.

Clarke did a wonderful job for all Australians yesterday.

His words were poignant, he was courageous and he held his poise throughout.

He showed why he is the captain of the Australian cricket team and he also showed that he is a person who cares personally for his team-mates.



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