A Humanist Funeral

You do not have to call yourself a Humanist to have a Humanist funeral.

A ceremony with no religious content is a good choice for anyone who has not been a churchgoer, or who feels that a religious service would be inappropriate. A Humanist funeral ceremony is all about celebrating in the best possible way a life that has ended, caring for those left behind, and about enabling friends and family to come together in a mutually supportive atmosphere at a sad time.

I will meet with you and then craft a unique ceremony that captures the distinctive character of your loved one as you celebrate their life and prepare to say farewell.  If you wish, I can advise you about readings and music, and discuss all options, so that the final ceremony is truly meaningful and personal.

I am aware that there may be people at the ceremony who have religious beliefs, so to ensure that everyone present feels comforted, I always allow time for them to offer silent prayers.

How does it work?

If you are arranging a funeral you can contact me directly and when you have chosen a funeral director, tell them I will be taking the service. Alternatively, after choosing a funeral director, tell them you would like me to officiate, and they will contact me. It is important to bear in mind that I may already be busy at the time you have chosen for the service, so get in touch with me as soon as possible.

After the ceremony I will give a copy of the ceremony’s script to the family.

Memorial services and scattering of ashes

A memorial service following cremation or burial may be held at a wide range of venues and I can conduct one on the same day as the funeral, or some time later. This also applies to interment or scattering of ashes, which can be done at a crematorium, woodland burial park, cemetery, or at a place special to the deceased.