Even when it’s expected, the death of someone we know and love can be shocking and painful. And when planning a funeral, there are so many decisions to be made that the process, combined with the loss, can feel overwhelming. By pre-planning your funeral ceremony and taking those decisions in advance, you can help to make life easier for those you leave behind.
Baroness Joan Bakewell, talks about the lockdown, the important work of humanist funeral celebrants, and why we all need video technology skills.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live, but it has also changed the way funerals are conducted and how we support friends and relatives who are grieving. Here are seven ways the coronavirus pandemic has changed how humanist funerals are being planned and conducted by humanist funeral celebrants in the UK during the lockdown.
In today’s blog, we’re going to be exploring the differences between the prepaid funeral plans offered by many funeral directors and the pre-planned funeral ceremony service we offer.
Humanist funeral celebrant Kate Hobson tells us about the conversation that prompted her to make her own funeral plans. Perhaps this will get you thinking about yours…
Each year, Dying Matters Awareness Week aims to raise public awareness about the importance of talking more openly about dying, death, and making funeral wishes known. This year, the need to speak about end of life care and funeral wishes with family and friends has never felt more pertinent. Humanist funeral celebrant, Adele Chaplin tells […]
Committal rituals can help the bereaved to say goodbye. When there isn’t a committal, symbolic gestures can be a substitute. As well as being a way of saying farewell, they can help mourners to feel connected to the person who has died, and express love, closeness or admiration.
During the lockdown, many people will be physically alone, while dealing with grief. As a nation, our attendance at funerals, memorials, and wakes may be severely restricted at this time. But as individuals, our support for grieving friends and relatives remains unlimited.
Humanist funeral ceremonies have traditionally involved a gathering together of friends and family, to celebrate a life lived. And while it’s understandable that people want to come together in person, during the coronavirus pandemic that’s not always possible. With the current COVID-19 outbreak and rules on self-isolation and social distancing, we feel it’s important that […]
Humanist funeral celebrant Cate Quinn has made a short video explaining what you can do before, during, and after a bereavement, to say a meaningful and dignified goodbye to a loved one during the lockdown.
In the event that you and your family cannot gather together to attend a funeral, we want to reassure you that there are still ways to celebrate a life lived and say goodbye to a loved one without the need to bring people together physically in one place: a humanist memorial ceremony that is shared online.
A humanist memorial is a non-religious ceremony which focuses on the person who has died, the life they led, the relationships they forged, and the legacy they leave. It can take place weeks or months after a funeral or direct cremation.
On 23 March 2020, the Government introduced new restrictions on social gatherings including stopping all social events, except funerals. From this point onward, only immediate close family members are advised to attend funerals. Because people will not be able to gather to offer condolences and pay their respects in the usual way, some families may […]
When siblings who haven’t spoken to one another in years suddenly face planning a funeral or a memorial for a parent, a humanist funeral celebrant can often become an intermediary trying to make sure everyone’s wishes are met.
Planning a funeral for a loved one is emotional and potentially stressful at any time, but with coronavirus (COVID-19) now classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are additional factors to take into consideration. You’ll want to know how the virus may affect the funeral ceremony and what steps you can […]
Poetry brings comfort to many people and it often features in funeral ceremonies. And while every humanist ceremony is unique, we find that there are some poems which are requested more than others as readings for humanist funerals. There is no religious content in a humanist ceremony, but secular readings and poems often feature. Some […]
Humanist funeral ceremonies focus on the person who has died – their story, their history, their unique qualities, and the relationships they forged. Secular readings and poems often feature in humanist funeral ceremonies and, like popular pieces of music, there are some poems which are more frequently chosen than others – some are humorous and […]
With the growth in demand for non-religious services for weddings, funerals, and namings, it’s no surprise that ‘What is a humanist funeral?’ or ‘What happens at a humanist funeral?’ are popular questions on social media these days. It’s likely you may have been to a humanist funeral yourself or know someone who has. With over […]