Whether spoken by the priest or by family members, we very much enjoy hearing of lives lived to the full, of family achievements and holidays, tricks played by kids long grown up and favourite pets.
Especially inspiring are the tributes to the senior generation who died in their 90s, having lived through WWII and the many changes to British society since. We've heard about butchers by Royal appointment, engineers, publicans, military men, council workers and dedicated mothers and housewives from a generation who respected this as a full-time and demanding job in it own right.
Much as we enjoy the favourite poems too, it's those personal, family-written eulogies that get to us every time. Without fail, we go away from these funerals thinking "I hope I achieve as much as them by their age!"