Losing someone that we love can be an incredibly difficult time for close friends and family.
Planning a funeral service or celebration of life involves a lot of work and can include quite a
large team to properly put it all together. Every aspect needs to be carefully considered and
can be confusing for those who aren’t fully practiced. This is where a funeral celebrant
comes into play. These individuals are adept at these sorts of things and are there to ensure
that your celebration of life hits all the high points and pays proper homage to those who
have passed away.
For religious mourners, a priest or other church members will usually oversee the service,
say prayers, and direct those involved with regard to how and when to act. For those without
any religious affiliations a funeral celebrant is another excellent choice. These celebrants
tend to focus less on the heavy, religious undertones involved with funerals and instead shift
the service toward a lighter, more happily reflective tone. They draw upon the lives of the
deceased and a general spirituality and help those who are spiritual, but not religious to
come to terms with the loss of their loved ones.
Specific highlights and milestones reached during one’s life are favourites and are highly
recommended by funeral celebrants. They allow the family to bounce ideas off each other
and push the conversation toward the best ones offered. With so much that goes into funeral
services, having someone to help you cover all your bases is a huge benefit. Loved ones left
behind rarely have the time needed to really put their all into what is an incredibly important
part of paying our final respects. Funeral celebrants are fortunately on hand if this is the case
and will always ensure that you are well-looked after.
Choosing the Right Funeral Celebrant
Celebrants don’t just point you in the right direction, however. After getting to know you and
your loved ones they then go to work making your vision a reality. Stories, pictures, poems,
and significant shared experiences are all welcome additions, as are songs, favourite
sayings and passages, or anything else that properly captures your memories of a life well
lived. These are then incorporated into a variety of forms in order to make your service the
best that it can be, while simultaneously allowing you to focus on other matters that require
more personal attention.
Funeral directors are similar to celebrants in that they narrow everything down for you and
help to streamline the planning process. They don’t, however, tend to make their services as
engaging as funeral celebrants because they have to oversee so much else. Celebrants are
unique in their ability to focus on a few smaller aspects of the service and are a powerful tool
when it comes to preparing a stellar service that leaves nothing out.
If you have further questions about whether or not a funeral celebrant is the right choice for
your service, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Simply Cremations. We look forward
to hearing from you.