A Funeral Celebrant has trained to conduct funerals in collaboration with your funeral director and may also be a registered Marriage Celebrant. In an ever growing non-secular world, people are now more attracted to a funeral celebrant to conduct non-religious ceremonies that better represent the wishes of their family member or friend. Before the day of the funeral, I will visit those planning the service to discuss all the details. A Funeral Celebrant can be introduced through a funeral director or you can choose to contact your choice of funeral celebrant direct.
As a Funeral Celebrant I consider myself to be a valued participant and creator of an experience that not only pays respectful homage to the person who has died, but also creates a compassionate and respectful experience for those who are left to grieve. As a society we are becoming more comfortable with less traditional style funerals and often want to create a ceremony that more reflects the special qualities of their family member or friend. As your funeral celebrant, I will visit you prior to the funeral service (where possible) and I help you to decide how the ceremony will run and help you to create the order of service. I will also take the time to get to know your deceased family member or friend, so that I can personalise their funeral service to reflect their life story.
The first thing to remember when you are arranging a funeral is there is no rush. I always advise my families to just take time out for 24 hours to just breathe, get some sleep and activate your self-care plan whatever that is for you. It can be a walk in nature, time in the garden, a soothing massage or just time out before the rush of family and friends land on your doorstep, however expected and well-intentioned they are. You have the time and space to consider the final wishes of your family member or friend and as to how that will look in practical terms on the day of the funeral. Where there are cultural considerations for the time a funeral must happen, then I can support you through this process also.
It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed and under-prepared when planning a funeral, so please feel free to get in touch. I’m available for a free phone consultation to talk through any things you need to know. Often the funeral service provider you have chosen will have their own preferred Funeral Celebrant, but you are not obligated to use them if it doesn’t feel right for you. You can contact me directly or ask your funeral director to contact me on your behalf.