The first words are always the hardest
The first few words may be everything you need to ‘find your feet’ and begin putting your own thoughts down onto a page.
I hope these ideas will help. Where it’s appropriate, I’ve used the name ‘Sam’ in each example to help the words flow.
“Is there any poem I could read, which would bring back Sam’s voice? No. But I’d like to share something that I hope brings you as much comfort now as it did when she read it to me . . .”
“How can I put into words, what no words can describe – my beautiful son, our brother and our dearest friend . . .”
“Sam was born on October 12th, 1982, a date that seems like yesterday for all too many of us here today. He was . . .”
“My brother was an amazing man. He was born seven years before my eldest sister, two years before me . . .”
“Every time I try to put this into words, words fail me. None of us expected to be here today . . .”
“Sam. You were my friend, you were my sister, and you were my partner in crime many times. I remember the day that we got into so much trouble . . .”
“Gentle and quiet with her family and friends, Sam was a woman who we all thought we knew well – but there’s a story I’d like to share with you about her time in the Territorial Army that may surprise you . . .”
“I would like to start by saying ‘thank you’ for being here today. Sam always told me it’s a good way to begin a conversation . . .”
“If you knew Sam, then you know that she’d be having a real giggle at the idea of me standing up here today . . .”