Funerals and Memorials
Since commencing funeral celebrancy in May of 2008, I have conducted many services. I have found this aspect of my celebrancy business to be very gratifying and somewhat humbling, to be able to meet with families, find out about their loved one's life, craft the service and then officiate in keeping with the family's needs and wants.
Sadly, funerals are a part of the circle of life. During our own lives, we will all have to experience the passing of someone very close and dear to us, and will possibly be involved in someway of organising the farewell ceremony for that person.
There is no doubt that this is a very sad occasion, but it can be a time to celebrate your loved one's life as well. This is a time to try your best to focus on the happy times and moments that your loved one got to experience throughout the years . After all, there are many things that we, as individuals achieve in our lives, so why not celebrate them? It is also a time to reflect and reminisce on the memories that you made together.
Generally, a funeral is arranged by initially contacting a funeral director. Funeral Directors play a huge role, taking care of your loved one and your family, assisting you in making arrangements and choices that you require.
Many funeral directors have celebrants that they work with on a regular basis. They will ask if you would like a female or a male, and choose a celebrant to suit your family. However, regardless of which funeral director you may engage to take care of the funeral arrangements, you can use any celebrant that you wish. This may be through a previous ceremony you have seen the celebrant at, or it could be that they have conducted other ceremonies for your family or friends. All you need to do is to let the funeral director know when meeting with them.
Needless to say this can be a daunting experience as there is so much to think of.
To assist, I have included a general outline of a chapel service conducted by a celebrant, a graveside service conducted by a celebrant and a chapel service followed by a graveside service conducted by a celebrant. Just click on the service you wish to look at. Any of these services can be rearranged to suit your needs - this is just a basic guide to assist you should you need it.