Religious funeral services
Religious funeral ceremonies are usually led by religious leaders appointed by a particular faith, so in the main these Celebrants prefer to set the ceremony around a religious theme.
You should be prepared that whoever leads this style of funeral ceremony will be committed to their own articles of faith and may have a desire to follow certain readings, prayers and words of faith, hope and love.
We have experience in dealing with many faiths including Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist. Usually you can discuss the detail of the service with the appropriate religious leader which may be a Priest, Vicar, Rector, Reader, Pastor, Elder, Rabbi, Granthi, Pandit, Imam or Bhikshu and he or she will advise of ways to personalise the content within the framework permitted by that faith.
If the funeral ceremony is to be held in a religious building, you may have a limited choice regarding who leads that ceremony and the Celebrant will need to be consulted, and then approve, the type and style of any music played, as well as what is said and done during the funeral ceremony. Most religious Celebrants will be happy to include a eulogy during the service which may be read by you, another family member or friend, or indeed the Celebrant.
Most religious Celebrants will meet with you (subject to certain practicalities) to discuss the specific content of the funeral ceremony and during this meeting it is advisable to discuss the most significant points about the life and character of the person who has passed away so that the Celebrant can make the service more personal even if they did not know the person during their lifetime. You may find it useful to record some notes on your wishes prior to the meeting. Religious Celebrants will usually, if you wish, maintain contact with you after the ceremony.