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Non-religious Funeral

A growing number of people are deciding that a non-religious end-of-life ceremony is most suitable for them and their beliefs.

This may be because your loved one was non-religious, the family has a variety of religious views, none of which predominate, or it is just felt that a more flexible, customised end-of-life ceremony is going to be most appropriate.

If you opt for a non-religious ceremony, you do not necessarily have to have someone officiating. Some relatives prefer to conduct their own ceremony, perhaps each saying a few words about their memories of their loved one, performing suitable music or reading poems or text which encapsulate appropriate sentiments for the day.

If you prefer to have someone leading the proceedings, or a more structured ceremony, it’s possible to employ the services of celebrant.

A celebrant can lead your non-religious end-of-life ceremony

A celebrant is an individual who is approved to carry out non-religious funeral ceremonies, which can be tailored to fit individual wishes. Often, a non-religious ceremony centres around a celebration of your loved one’s life, personality and contribution to their community and those around them.

There is room for enormous variation in a non-religious ceremony, which can be designed to fit individual wishes and requests.

A non-religious ceremony can take place at a cemetery, as part of a woodland burial, prior to a cremation, at the scattering or interment of ashes or as part of a memorial event subsequent to the burial or cremation.

Customise your own ceremony with the help of a celebrant

Celebrants can be certified by several different organisations, including The British Humanist Society, Fellowship of Professional Celebrants and Interfaith Foundation.

Normally a celebrant will meet with relatives prior to the funeral in order to get an idea of what should be included, then put together a suitable form of words which commemorates your loved one appropriately.
Relatives can usually obtain a copy of the celebrant’s words after the ceremony, providing a permanent reminder of the event.

Each celebrant has a slightly different style, so you may wish to contact several in your immediate area in order to find the one with whom you are most comfortable and who you feel has the right approach to make your ceremony special.

Certified celebrants normally charge £190 for their services, but remember that you do not have to use a certified celebrant: a family member or close friend could fulfil the role as a touching gesture of remembrance.