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Since Michael Jackson has died I have been mulling over what I should say. He was famous, there will be many people eulogizing him and writing about him all over the world. But what can I tell you that will help you with what you have to do – whether it be write a eulogy, an obituary or just get through the loss of someone close to you that has died.

I guess there are a couple of things that I want to say. One is that no one on this earth is perfect. Everyone had things that they did that they may not have been proud of, that were wrong, that were bad judgments or that were mistakes. There has been a lot of controversy over the lifestyle of Michael Jackson and yet with all of the controversy there was also a very talented man. When someone you love dies you will want to remember that they were just another person trying to do the best that they could in this world. Remember and honor the person and not just the deeds.

The second thing that I want to tell you is that you can learn by listening to others. If you are about to write a eulogy here is a wonderful eulogy as spoken by the man who helped launch the career of Michael Jackson.

The king of pop has died, the greatest entertainer that has ever lived. At the Memorial Service at Staples Centre in Los Angeles, Berry Gordy of Motown records gives a stirring eulogy. One that will help you honor the memory of Michael Jackson and one that will inspire you to tell the stories of your loved one in such a honorable fashion.

“From the first beat of Billie Jean and the toss of that hat I was mesmerized. But when he did his iconic moonwalk I was shocked. It was magic. Michael Jackson went into orbit and never came down.”

Listen to the eulogy   and use it as an example of how to do a truly great job of eulogizing someone you love and then compare it to the instructions I have given you in my book “What to Do When Someone You Love Dies”. It is always good to have a great role model!

July 17, 2009 Updated November 7, 2020 by Laurie Mueller