There really are no rules when it comes to planning humanist funerals for your loved ones. Humanist funerals have become an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional religious or faith-based ceremony. These services are conducted by a humanist funeral director or celebrant who works closely with family and friends to create a special, personal service.
We highly recommend Julie Fox, a Life Celebrant, to lead our humanist services, she will take time to understand the life of the person who has died, and to learn about their passions, their interest and what makes them tick. She is compassionate, sensitive and works to create a ceremony that reflects the life and values of your loved ones and gives you the opportunity to say your goodbyes in a way that is meaningful and appropriate.
The focus of a humanist funeral is on the person’s life – during the ceremony, you may find that the service consists of paying tribute to the person by reflecting on their life, personality, and the impact they had on the lives of family and friends.
What makes a humanist funeral?
In terms of venue, a humanist funeral can be held anywhere – regardless of whether you prefer to be indoors or outdoors. While the arrangements are entirely your choice, some typical features of a humanist funeral may include:
- Opening music
- Celebrants introduction
- Personal words from friends and family
- Writing (literature, eulogies, poems)
- Reflection (Short moment of silence)
- Committal ceremony (lowering of the coffin or closing of the curtains)
- Closing words
- Closing music
The idea behind a humanist funeral is to focus solely on the life of your loved one – a tribute to the life they led and the people that were important to them. Personal reading and writings are the centrepiece of a humanist funeral, which allows attendees to share their favourite memories, characteristics and feelings in a meaningful way. It is a truly honest and open ceremony that many people opt for as an alternative funeral choice.
ISCA humanist funerals
ISCA Funerals recognises how important it is to consider the right funeral service depending on the individual, and we can offer humanist funerals at a price that suits your budget. We are experienced in arranging all kinds of funerals, regardless of religion, faith or culture.
We can help you to arrange a ceremony that focuses solely on the life of your loved one, and that celebrates their life, personality and achievements.
Contact a member of our dedicated team to see how we can help make your humanist funeral dignified and beautiful.