“Truly amazing! Crying of course, but it’s brilliant!” – Lee M.
The Jewish funeral is, by definition, a rush. Which leaves the Stone Setting as an opportunity for reflection and perspective.
Speaking at a Stone Setting is, of course, something for which you can prepare in advance. And with the emotions a little less raw, it’s an opportunity to deliver a speech that is both heartfelt and fun.
To get the sales pitch out the way, we are delighted to take the strain. We can edit a draft you have already written, or interview you with a view to writing a draft for you. It’s something we specialise in, and we understand the stress that it can remove.
Please let us know if you’d like us to send you some carefully prepared questions to help you gather the relevant information. There’s no obligation to use at that stage, but you may find it invaluable to have a place to dump all your memories and ideas.
If you try to write it alone, the keys are, in a nutshell:
Creating the appropriate balance between humour and sincerity
Focusing on the deceased rather than yourself! This may sound obvious, but it is easy (unwittingly) to become too insular in your approach
Tapping into a degree of religious context that is appropriate for your audience (particularly the bereaved family)
Trying to wrap your recollections and ideas around a theme that holds the stone setting speech together (like a great sermon or an after dinner speech)
There are many other tips on this site to help you write and deliver a great speech, but please do email us or call us on 0207 118 1600 if you’d like a professional to help write something that really does sound like you at the very top of your game!