End Of Life Tributes
A Funeral Celebrant is often the choice for a funeral service for someone who did not adopt religion and who did not accept religious interpretations of life and death. This form of funeral service celebrates the life of the deceased and do not recognise afterlife.
The Ceremony is constructed around family and friends delivering readings or prose or poetry, as well as speaking about their memories of the deceased.Music, usually favourite songs or pieces of the deceased, is often played. The Tribute – usually delivered by someone particularly close to the deceased – is the main focus of the Ceremony.
A Funeral Celebrant will meet with the family and friends to help choose the content of the service, and to learn about the life and personality of the deceased. They can also deliver the tribute if required.The death of someone we know and love is often shocking and painful, even if it is expected.
A Funeral Celebrant will provide a ceremony that offers a personal and fitting way to say goodbye to those who have lived without religion. This kind of Ceremony brings 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, civil 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.
As your chosen Funeral Celebrant I will:
• Meet with the family and/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 my ideas and draw on my 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
• Be a calm presence on the day, leading the ceremony with warmth and dignity
• Give you a presentation copy of the final script.