Some commonly asked questions about funerals ...
What does the Civil Funeral Celebrant do that's different?
For the Celebrant, every service is unique. With your assistance the Celebrant will construct a personal eulogy which captures the personality and essence of your loved one.
How do I contact a Celebrant?
You can contact your Celebrant directly or through your Funeral Director.
How long is a Celebrant led funeral service?
Usually about half to three quarters of an hour. If there are to be two services, ie, a service at a chapel and then a burial or cremation service, the original service will be about half an hour, and the burial or cremation service a much shorter time.
How long does the process take?
The Celebrant will spend some unhurried time with you to talk about the nature and character of your loved one, and also to learn the biographical details for inclusion in the service. The Celebrant will then draft a service for your approval. This could take several hours of the Celebrant's time and would usually result in a service of about half to three quarters of an hour's duration.
Who pays the Celebrant & what does it cost?
The Celebrant is usually paid through the Funeral Director, but you can pay the Celebrant directly if you wish.
A service led by your Celebrant will celebrate and honour the life of your loved one and reflect your feelings and great sense of loss. It is designed with your full input, from your own circumstances and feelings, and, if you wish, your own words.
This is a simple structure ...
Your choice of music as mourners enter the chapel.
A welcome, followed by some philosophical words about death and grief and what that means in people's lives.
Acknowledgement of the Bereaved
The chief mourners are mentioned here.
The life history takes the mourners through the highlights, challenges and achievements of your loved one, acknowledging the importance of the relationships they shared.
These could be from old family friends and work friends, children or grandchildren.
People are honoured to be asked to speak at a funeral service and it is up to you to invite their participation. They do need some time to prepare their thoughts so don't leave it to the day to ask or you will be disappointed.
A quiet time where a favourite piece of music or a DVD can be played.
A Reading or Prayer
The Celebrant will draw together the various elements of the service and pay a final tribute to your loved one. This can include a final prayer or blessing.
Final piece of music as coffin is lowered and mourners leave the chapel.