About Humanist funerals


A short video which may help you to decide whether a Humanist funeral is for you.


Humanists UK funeral celebrants:

  • 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.


Humanist funerals bring people together to express sadness at the loss but also to celebrate the life lived. They focus sincerely and affectionately on the person who has died, paying tribute to the connections they made and left behind and the way they lived their life.

Whilst a funeral director is the professional most likely to deal with the practical arrangements of a funeral, what type of ceremony you choose is entirely up to you. And since funerals themselves have no legal status, humanist funerals – like all others – can be held in a variety of places, although in practice most are held in crematoria, cemeteries or woodland burial sites.

Whilst still sad, people thought it was a beautiful and uplifting funeral and many commented that is was the most personal funeral they’d ever been to.”