What is a Civil Funeral Celebrant?

Memorial candle and roseA Civil Funeral Celebrant conducts a funeral for someone who has died and who did not regularly attend a place of worship and either had their own spiritual beliefs or none at all. This may be a cremation, cemetery burial or natural woodland burial. They will also help you with the scattering of ashes and memorial services.

What is a civil funeral ceremony?

There is no legal requirement for a funeral to be conducted by a religious minister. A civil funeral is for anyone whatever beliefs they held, if any.

Each ceremony is unique – as unique as the person who has died and the life they lived. It is a ceremony that is created especially for them. It will reflect their beliefs, values and cultural traditions, and can be everything you want it to be.

The funeral ceremony is created by you in partnership with your local Civil Funeral Celebrant, who will liaise throughout with your funeral director. The celebrant will visit you in your home to see how you want the ceremony to be. You may want to play special music, sing a hymn or song and include readings and poetry. You may want a prayer or reading from the Bible. At the heart of the ceremony is a tribute or eulogy which reflects the life of the person who has died. The celebrant will normally write and deliver this for you and conduct the whole ceremony. A bound copy of the ceremony will be presented to you after the funeral and is yours to keep. If other people wish to contribute to the ceremony and this is acceptable to the family, then they are able to do so.

The family of the person who has died can be as involved as much or as little as they wish but the ceremony will be driven by their wishes, beliefs and values and they will remain in control.

Sue Holden is a local Civil Funeral Celebrant in Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

Sue has a NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (QCF) and is an Associate member of the Institute of Civil Funerals.

If you would like to speak with Sue, call her on:-

01793 978617 or mob. 07941273589

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