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Choosing the right service

Choosing the most appropriate style of funeral ceremony for your loved one is obviously important as it will ensure that your memory of their final farewell is as good as it can be.

Broadly speaking, there are three types of non-religious services to choose from. These are:

Selecting the appropriate person to lead the funeral ceremony (the Celebrant) can be a very important decision as they can set the tone of the event.

We seldom make recommendations as we prefer that you personally ensure that the person selected to lead the funeral ceremony meets your needs. However, if you require assistance, we can help  find someone you feel comfortable with.

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Civil funeral services

Civil funeral ceremonies generally contain a mixture of non-religious and religious content, according to your wishes.

A Civil Celebrant is usually someone who has completed a recognised training course to prepare and deliver such a funeral ceremony. They generally focus upon the life of the person who has passed away and they are usually willing to include both religious and non-religious content within the ceremony. This content can incorporate such things as readings, poetry and prose, together with a eulogy which either you or they will compile.

If the balance of what you’d like included in the funeral ceremony moves towards a greater element of religious content, some Civil Celebrants will suggest that you engage an appropriate Religious Celebrant.


Humanist funeral services

Humanist Celebrants, in common with Civil Celebrants, focus on the person who has passed away by paying tribute to them, to the life they lived and the connections they made and leave behind.

However, the real difference is that Humanist Celebrants will generally NOT include any religious content within any ceremony they lead. This will include any references to faith
within readings, music or eulogies. Humanist ceremonies tend to appeal to those who do not hold religious views on life or death, so if you wish to have any religious content within the funeral ceremony then a Humanist Celebrant is not the right choice for you.


Layperson celebrants

You may feel that choosing a family member, friend or colleague to lead the funeral ceremony is the best solution for you as they are more likely to share the same views and opinions. However, leading a funeral ceremony takes confidence so you must be sure that the person you choose possesses the right character to carry it off.

On a positive note, using a Layperson Celebrant means you could, within the bounds of time and reason, create a funeral ceremony that entirely encompasses all your wishes, providing the building or place within which the ceremony is to be held allows you the time and flexibility. We will be happy to suggest suitable venues.

Wish to thank all staff at Mortons for being helpful, caring, understanding at my fathers funeral. Used the same director at mums funeral 10 yrs ago so recommend. Made the day a bit easier on a sad day.

Anne Moghraby Rating: 5
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