(RNS) — Cyrus M. Copeland first became fascinated with how we say farewell to the dead after the 9/11 terrorist attacks when New Yorkers like him were consumed with memorable tributes to the people who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.

What started as a pastime has turned into a three-volume appreciation of the art of the eulogy.

In the last book of his trilogy, “Passwords: Seven Steps to Writing a Memorable Eulogy,” he reflects on the evolution of our last words to the dead and gives advice on what to say.

Cyrus M. Copeland. Courtesy photo.

Copeland, who concedes his own eulogy for his father back in 1992 was not his best work, has learned a lot about the

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