How to Plan a Humanist Funeral and Memorial Service
When you say your last goodbye to a loved one, you’ll likely want to celebrate them as a person, all the great memories you had, and hold a memorial service that represents them. Non-religious funerals can be comforting, and respecting the person who has passed away and their views is what makes it meaningful.
The below guide will give you an insight into what you should keep in mind when planning a humanist funeral.
A humanist funeral is a ceremony held for a person who has passed away and didn’t follow any religious paths. Instead of mentioning a God, it focuses on the life the person has led, highlighting their views. These are usually led by a celebrant instead of a vicar in traditional funerals, and they guide guests through the ceremony with readings and music.
Where is a Humanist Funeral Held
A humanist funeral can be held at a variety of locations. The most common places include a cemetery, crematorium or a natural burial site. If you are looking to make this ceremony extra special, you can think of places that meant a lot for this special someone such as a beach, a garden or an event hall to represent the person. You’ll need to consider whether the funeral is held with a coffin or the ashes of a person as this may play a significant role in where the funeral is held.
Where Can I Choose a Humanist Celebrant to Lead The Funeral?
It is extremely important to choose the right celebrant for the service. Our team is compassionate and there to help you at this difficult time to ensure that the special someone receives the send-off they deserve. At Elms Funeral Directors, we’ll be honoured to take this role, and meet your family so we can construct a fitting eulogy for the person who has passed away. This will then be read at the funeral service to make it a beautiful celebration.
How Do I Organise a Humanist Funeral?
If you are looking to organise a funeral, then firstly find a celebrant. Once you have discussed some of the aspects of the funeral, you’ll feel more at ease and can prepare with some pictures, songs and stories to aid a personal farewell. At The Elms Funeral Directors, we understand that organising a funeral of a loved one can be a daunting experience, and this is why we offer compassionate support for organising. We can walk you through each element of the funeral from deciding whether it’s a burial or cremation to choosing venues for the flower arrangements. Our family’s commitment to offering a personal service at this difficult time is at the heart of our approach, and we are here to help you navigate the organisation of the humanist funeral.
Thoughtful Funeral Ideas:
- On the entry and exit of the service, it can give a comforting feel as if the favourite song of the person who has passed away is being played.
- Creating a photo or video montage of the most cherished memories of the person will allow a deep remembrance.
- Encourage family or friends to read poems or say a few words
- Collect donations for a cause the person in remembrance had a strong passion for so their legacy can live long.
- Smile by Nat King Cole
- Wind beneath my Wings by Bette Midler
- My Way by Frank Sinatra
- The power of Love by Jennifer Rush
- Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy
Examples of Non-Religious Readings:
- To those Whom I love & those Who Love Me
- I Carry Your Heart
- Beyond The Empty Chair
- One at rest by Anon
- Play Jolly Music At My funeral By Richard Greene
At the time of loss, it can be very difficult to think about arranging a funeral service. We completely understand how you feel, and we are here to help ease the burden. Following the death of a loved one, we will arrange to bring them into our care, and we will guide you through every step of the way. Our team is available 24 hours a day and it only takes a phone call or an email to feel the weight lift off your shoulders.