Choosing a Civil Funeral Celebrant

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Please read below for information on how to choose a celebrant -

Choosing a Funeral Celebrant has many similarities to choosing a Wedding Celebrant.

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Below is some helpful information with regard to choosing a celebrant and planning a funeral ceremony. The ceremony is the central event - if ever one is in conversation about funerals - it is always about the ceremony. Yet, strangely, in monetary terms it is the least valued.

It is the memory you make, the tribute which says the final farewell, which will sustain you in the future. What you say and what is done in the ceremony seals the the final goodbye. It should not be done without careful preparation. It should have more attention than anything else.

I am going to ask you to stop and think. Think how much you are spending on this funeral? Compare it to what you are spending on your ceremony. Is it worth spending the extra bit of money to make sure it goes, not just OK, but really well? You only get one go at this one!

A truly professional celebrant, such as one trained by the college in an in-depth way, does not cost that much more in context - but the difference in standards is striking.

There are a hundred details, which contribute to a good ceremony, but get the tick box out on these.

1. The celebrant should provide you with an extensive range of poetry, prose, music, symbols, and choreography, from which you can choose the elements and components which most reflect and express the person who has died.e. a celebrant who really is a resource person.

2. You need creative composing of the cermony and careful writing of the eulogy. (This takes skill and time)

3. Checking the ceremony and the eulogy. You need time to change, reflect on, and adjust the ceremony. (From the celebrant this means obliging service and time.)

4. Readers and eulogists should be carefully advised, persuaded to prepare and to be aware of time. Music systems have to be carefully checked. The volume of the music must be rehearsed and monitored. This takes a block of extra time from the celebrant. This is one reason the true professional costs more.

5. The celebrant should ensure that the readers are rehearsed and practised so that they don't "race" the reading and spoil the words. (This too takes interest, skill, care and time)

6. A celebrant should arrive really early before the time of the ceremony so that he/she can liaise with the Funeral Director.

7. A distinct advantage is a celebrant who brings a trained assistant who can help in general, assist with choreography, monitor PA systems and music, and trouble shoot any problems during the ceremony itself.

8. The celebrant should be a graduate with a Diploma from the Intenational College of Celebrancyor an equally in-depth training course. Ask the celebrant for how long they studied and how much experience they have.

And much much more

In short – you need a celebrant who is really interested in making sure the funeral for the person you loved, goes just as it should go.

Why settle for a 4th rate, 3rd rate, or even a 2nd rate celebrant?

There is no short cut to a good funeral


Be aware that many Funeral Directors encourage the cheap end of the market. They like celebrants who finish fairly quickly - the director makes more money. Discuss fees with a celebrant directly - demand a standard, and offer to pay a fair hourly rate - see Hourly Rate Celebrants.

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