What is a Humanist funeral?

As we get older, we all have to face the inevitability of the death of our loved ones. And in doing so, we have to come to terms with how we want to celebrate the lives they led.

Memorial services are an important part of the grieving process, and can make a huge difference for family members and friends of the deceased. But we’ve all experienced funerals where the celebrant obviously didn’t know the person. And we’ve been to ceremonies that were overly religious, when we knew that the person didn’t practice any particular faith.

While we don’t have to have a third party, you may want someone to lead the ceremony who is removed from the complicated emotion of grief, taking the stress of remaining composed off of those who are still openly grieving.

When you engage one of our officiants to help memorialize your loved one, we start by having a conversation about your loved one. We meet you, in person or over the phone if that’s what you’re most comfortable with. We discuss your loved one’s life and what they would have liked highlighted about themselves. We respect the feelings you had for your loved ones and discuss what about them you would like us to express. We go over what options you might like to include in your loved one’s ceremony – readings, slideshows, moments of silence or reflection, speeches, or eulogies.

Most of all, we do our best to make sure that your loved one is honoured for the person they were, even if they or your relationship with them was strained. We will be there every step of the way to help you navigate this difficult time and feel confident that you acknowledged your loved one’s importance to you and their family and friends.

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