A humanist funeral is a celebration of life, concentrating on the person who has died, telling their life story, and talking about the sort of person they were. It can contain contributions from family and friends along with readings and music that have relevance to the person whose life is being celebrated. It will be a bespoke ceremony, tailored exactly to your requirements.
As a member of the Humanist Ceremonies network of accredited celebrants, I will:
- Meet with the family or friends most closely connected with the person who has died to learn more about that person and ensure that the funeral justly captures their life and personality
- Advise on practical matters, such as options for the committal, for example, or the amount of time available for the ceremony at the crematorium
- Listen to your ideas on music or readings and provide their own suggestions if needed
- Share their ideas and draw on their experience when appropriate
- Liaise with those involved in the ceremony, for example, anyone who will be reading a tribute or a poem / piece of prose
- Write a unique ceremony that’s absolutely fitting for the person who has died and the circumstances
- Are a calm presence on the day, leading the ceremony with warmth and dignity
- Give you a presentation copy of the final script.
‘Your speech was a great tribute to my late father and helped bring ease to my family’s darkest day.’
‘Many people came up to me at the wake and said it was the best funeral ‘service’ they had been to. A few also said that they were certainly going to use a humanist celebrant for themselves.’
‘Just a line to say thank you for a lovely tribute to ‘M’ yesterday, and your kind words. Your presence and kindness made a difficult day easier.’