Testimonial

When we had our planning meeting, you gave your time unstintingly, and we were amazed how your calm questioning changed our factual written account of Cathy's life into a warm, vibrant, memory-filled picture of her life.
More information about humanist ceremonies from Humanists UK
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What is a Humanist Funeral?

Humanist ceremonies are non-religious and therefore have no worship or fixed rituals. You don’t have to be a humanist to have a humanist funeral they are appropriate for anyone who would like a non-religious ceremony. The only guideline is that they do not include any religious content such as prayers or hymns. However, it is possible to have a moment of quiet reflection during the ceremony to enable people with religious beliefs to have a private prayer.

Example structure of a humanist funeral ceremony

Introductory music

Words of welcome

Thoughts on life and death from a non-religious perspective

The Tribute – an outline of the life and personality of the person you have lost, including special memories of those who were part of their life

Readings of poetry and prose

A moment of reflection – to enable family and friends to think of their own special memories, either in silence or accompanied by music. This is also the opportunity for those who have a religious belief to have a silent prayer if they wish.

The committal – a final goodbye

Closing words – including thanks and what is happening next

Final music

Choosing a Funeral Celebrant…

Although there has been a huge rise in the number of humanist funerals over the last few years, only a small proportion of these have been conducted by trained humanist celebrants, with many funeral directors choosing to use independent celebrants or retired clergy.

Humanists UK has a national network of celebrants who have undergone a rigorous selection and training programme and work to a code of conduct. By requesting a humanist celebrant accredited with Humanists UK, you ensure that the quality of service you receive is of the highest standard.