Non-religious funerals

The Activities of Non Religious Funerals

Humanists and atheists generally focus on the person who died and for the most part exclude any kind of set ceremonial activities. There are councils in the UK who provide and run their own non-religious cemeteries along with non-religious funeral services.

What is the cost of a non-religious funeral?

In essence this category of funeral does tend to cost a considerable amount less than more traditional types. There are no ministerial fees to be paid, you will generally not have to abide by specific headstone regulations, and the service can pretty much be orchestrated by any designated person.

At this time a strong majority of funeral directors, crematoriums and cemeteries are well versed in providing non religious funeral services. You might expect to pay out costs around £3,200 for a humanist funeral.

In place of a minister there is an option to have a celebrant. Celebrants are trained in funeral activities and convey a sensitive demeanour to the bereaved.

What does a funeral celebrant do?

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Presents an accurate reflection of personality of the deceased by meeting with family and friends prior to the event.

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Advises on practical attributes of a funeral, crematoria, committal options and popular service duration allowed by establishments for ceremonies.

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Can make suggestions for music and readings if you need assistance.

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Work with those who are taking part in the ceremony.

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Author a bespoke ceremony befitting of the person who has died and respecting of their death circumstances.

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Leads the ceremony with dignity, affection and grace.

What might take place at a humanist funeral?

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The playing or performing of music during the gathering and opening of the service.

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Words of welcome from the celebrant or sometimes the organising family member.

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Some thoughts on life and death from a non religious perspective.

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A tribute to the deceased with a summary of their life and personality.

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Readings of poetry and prose.

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Some time to reflect usually accompanied with music but can be in silence.

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The moment of committal - This is when the coffin is lowered or the curtains closed.

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Closing words - the celebrant will usually thank attendees on your behalf.

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Final music is usually played.

The cost a funeral celebrant is paid to the funeral director if you are using one otherwise it will be direct to the person or celebrant organisation they are from. The fees range between £150.00 to £280.00. Part of the fee goes towards the public liability and indemnity insurance required by all celebrants.
There is a site run by the humanist organisation, they have some helpful articles on celebrant directed funerals

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