Alternative Choices: Humanist Funeral

Funeral Services, like many other aspects of life and death, have changed with time. There are more people choosing to celebrate their loved one’s life with Non-Religious services called Humanist Funeral.

A Humanist Funeral is a celebration of the life of someone who has passed in the way that is more about a reflection of his or her life. This type of service is considered non-traditional or alternative because it does not include a religious ceremony as how it used to be before.

The primary person who will be facilitating the funeral is called a Celebrant and they will work alongside a Funeral Director if the family chooses to use a director’s services.

The Celebrant will speak to family members and friends to know more about the person who passed and discuss options with the key family members about the funeral. The celebrant will then create a program or script based on the person’s life and family’s preferences from their earlier conversations.

A Humanist Funeral is the choice of families where their loved one is not often very religious or may not believe in God. It is a meaningful ceremony that provides a place for family and friends to reflect on their time and relationship with the person who has passed.

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A humanist funeral normally runs for 20 to 30 minutes but can be customised based on the amount of time a family booked a place of service for. The most amount of time in a humanist funeral is spent on The Tribute, which is a summary of the life and personality of the person who has died.

If you are looking for an alternative to religious services then a Humanist Funeral could the choice for you.  If you are planning this for yourself you can also read our guide about Planning Your Own Funeral.

If you would like to look for a Celebrant, you can find one here: Find A Celebrant


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