What are the alternatives to a religious funeral?

 In Funeral News

A funeral is an opportunity to pay tribute to the life of a loved one, and when you have the difficult task of having to plan one, a key decision will be the type of funeral you believe honours their wishes.

While religious funerals have been prominent for hundreds of years, in recent times, there has been an increase in the number of people deciding a non-religious end-of-life ceremony is more appropriate for them and their beliefs.


There are numerous options for the location of a non-religious ceremony and they very much depend on whether you have chosen a burial or cremation. The ceremony itself can take place at the cemetery, or if you’ve chosen a woodland burial, the ceremony could take place there. If there is a cremation, the ceremony can take place before this or perhaps during the scattering or interment of ashes.

Officiant or celebrant?

An officiant is not required for a non-religious or humanist ceremony. It’s possible to have a member of the family or close friend lead the service. Alternatively, it could be divided up equally among those who want to be involved. If you’re not sure about leading the ceremony, it is also possible to use a celebrant, who will have been certified by one of the relevant organisations and will be able to prepare a service tailored to your needs, providing a fitting tribute to your loved one.


When you opt for a non-religious ceremony, it can be difficult to choose the right readings but there are some beautiful, touching alternatives in poetry and also song lyrics. Rather than playing hymns, you can choose any song you like, whether it was their favourite song or perhaps it simply reminds you of them. You could also reach out to your friends and family and ask them if there any songs they hold dear and would like played.

As with a religious ceremony, it’s possible to include additional personal touches to create a unique service, from flowers and photographs to cheerful dress codes and video tributes.

If you would like some more information or are looking for funeral directors in Manchester, get in touch with our team at Far and Beyond Funeral Services today.

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