Have you been wondering about how to have a funeral for someone who is not affiliated to any church or perhaps does not have any particular set of beliefs?
And yet, you would like to have a funeral that would give the family a chance to say a meaningful goodbye.
When you come to arrange a funeral, very often the choice seems limited to either a religious one, or a secular.
In a church, or in the Crematorium.
But it does not have to be one or the other, you can have an amalgamation of both.
You may also, like a friend of mine recently, like to arrange your own funeral service, because you feel strongly about it. We got together and wrote a script for a funeral that is meaningful to her, and will save her family a lot of worry when she dies.
So here is what is happening in the world of funerals.
An Independent Funeral Celebrant is someone who will assist you in organising and leading a funeral ceremony. In the 21st Century, many people are unafilliated to churches or other religious or even non religious groups. Often when someone dies, the family do not realise that they have a choice. An alternative to a priest of other officiant, is the INDEPENDENT FUNERAL CELEBRANT.
They will visit you in your home and get to know you and the deceased persons beliefs, background and wishes. From this they will help you to construct a funeral that is meaningful and become an important ritual to enable closure and the last chance to focus on the loved one who has died. The Celebrant will then lead the ceremony for you or organise it so that family and friends can take part.
I can now do this for you. This is what my leaflet says about me.
Patricia is deeply compassionate and has been offering care, support and friendship all of her life.
She will gently guide you and your loved ones through a Funeral Ceremony which will be part of the healing process of losing a loved one.
We all need loving support at these times, and she will help to create a funeral which will be remembered as a positive experience to enable you to move on.
I am in the final stages of my training at this moment, (April 2016) But can now take funerals with the supervision of Green Fuse, with whom I am training.
If you want to know more, then you can contact me on my email and make arrangements for a short informal chat.
I am also available to give talks at groups, or organisations.