What is a humanist funeral?
A humanist funeral is a non-religious ceremony that focuses on the life the person has led, rather than a particular religious faith they may have had.
Humanist funerals follow a similar structure as a religious funeral, with readings, music and eulogies, but without the mention of any form of faith or a God. Non-religious funerals can still feel meaningful and comforting, whilst respecting the views of the person who has died.
Why choose a humanist funeral?
If the person who has died is not religious a humanist service may feel better. Humanist services are different in the sense that there is less of a strict order of proceedings. There is more emphasis on the person who has passed, their life, music taste's and personal touches.
What happens at a humanist funeral?
A humanist funeral does not need to follow a any form of set structure. The service can include photographs, songs and a eulogy of the person who has died.
The main part of a humanist funeral service is the tribute to the person who has died. This can be read out by the celebrant or family and friends. Songs may also be played during the service, or live performed by a musician.
Can you have hymns or religious versus at a humanist funeral?
Generally no. The whole nature of humanist funerals is the absence of references to a faith and God.
Who leads a humanist funeral?
The person who leads a funeral service is known as a funeral celebrant. The celebrant may meet with the family before the funeral, in order to get to know them and understand their wishes. They'll then write a fitting eulogy of the person who has died, that'll be read at the funeral service. We have both staff celebrant and civil celebrants that can lead the service. Each are different in how much they will do. Talk to us about the appropriate person.
How long is a humanist funeral?
A humanist funeral service can be any length of time, but normally between 20 minutes to an hour. This will depend on the amount of readings and songs planned.