Humanist Funeral Ceremonies
A Celebration of Life
Humanist Funerals offer an appropriate and fitting way to honour a life with warmth sensitivity and meaning.
There will never be another like the one that you have lost, and it is that uniqueness that you mourn but that is also something we can celebrate together and remember a life well lived.
“What we leave behind is not what is written on tablets of stone.
But what is woven into the lives of others.”
Because Humanist Funerals are non-religious you are free to celebrate the life of your loved one as you see fit and in the most appropriate way for them.
Nothing is a given -if you don’t want to wear black, let vibrant colour be the order of the day- it’s ok to smile amidst the tears when you remember those funny anecdotes and their particular foibles and share fond memories together.
I will meet with you and create something unique that truly celebrates the life of the deceased. I will draft a script for your approval including a eulogy and help you to choose poetry, readings and music that create an occasion that best fits who your loved one really was and what they meant to those around them.
Funeral Celebrant Accord
I will then arrange a meeting (real or virtual dependant on social distancing requirements) to discuss what you would want to see in the ceremony and to get a history of the deceased, to help create the eulogy and really get a feel for them as a person.
I will endeavour to return the first draft of the ceremony to you within three working days to ensure that there is time for you to feedback on it and for me to make any necessary changes.
Every family is different, some want to be actively involved and will read the eulogy themselves or have different family members and friends read poetry or play music. Others are content to simply listen and let the Celebrant take the lead- the choice is entirely yours.
Funeral ceremonies: £200
If travel exceeds 30 miles (round trip) I also charge 45p per mile to cover expenses.
Dear Margaret, thank you for doing such a good job at my father’s funeral last week. We received many positive comments about both the tribute and your presentation of the service as a whole. Equally impressive was the fact that you carried this off while suffering from a heavy cold. I hope you have recovered from this or will do so soon. Thanks again. You did Dad proud.
Thank you so much for yesterday. The service was absolutely beautiful – just what my dad would have wanted. The whole family commented on how beautifully you delivered it.
I just wanted to drop you a message to thank you for taking my dad’s funeral service. Thank you for saying our words we were unable to, and for adding yours which were fitting and comforting.
It was a cold miserable day, and I feel I didn’t get the chance there and then to express my appreciation for you and your service. It was lovely.
Take care. J D
Thank you so much for yesterday’s celebration for Michelle. You ran it really well. So many people that were there or who viewed it on line have been in touch to say how perfect and appropriate it was for Michelle, and she would have been proud of what we did to celebrate her. Several who had not been to a humanist ceremony before commented on how very touching and positive they thought it was.
I really appreciated your responsiveness as we worked the ceremony up together, and the initial Zoom meeting and your guidance was invaluable as it built up my confidence in what we were intending to do.
Take care. D
Margaret, thank you so much for yesterday. It was in every way what my husband wished for…our friends without exception were impressed by the way a humanist ceremony was conducted. For me it was very sad and beautiful. I shall always remember it and keep it in my heart.” (Oct 2021)
Thank you so much for leading the memorial on Saturday, we (myself, my Mum and brothers) were delighted with how it went. And I’ve received many messages from the family and friends that attended (and some that have watched the recording) commenting on how lovely it was and very appropriate to my Dad’s memory. As I said on the day, I really appreciated how you read the different tributes as I was a bit disappointed that more people didn’t want to read their own personal memory. But you brought them to life and managed to encapsulate the humour and fondness that people had expressed which made all the difference. (Nov 2021)
It is a real privilege to have a part to play at significant time in a family’s life and this has given me a real sense of purpose in my own life and has reinforced my humanist beliefs.