Can you have a humanist funeral in a church?

When a loved one dies, the family member may like to honour them in a service that reflects their values and beliefs – especially if they are not religious they may not like to hold the funeral in a church. There are other options such as a civil or humanist ceremony which allows the family and friends that best celebrates the life of the deceased in the most suitable way.

What is a humanist funeral service?

A humanist funeral service is based on the humanist philosophy that each life is individual and valuable. These services are not religious or spiritual and instead focus on celebrating the life of the person who has passed. Due to the non-religious aspect of the ceremony, there would not be any bible verses or hymns sang.

The humanist celebrant will instead learn all about the person who has passed, and use this to create a bespoke, personal service based around their life, relationships, and personality. This way the family and friends can have complete control over how the person is portrayed, with songs and readings of your choice intertwined within the service. This type of funeral can be held in a location of your choice, but are typically held in cemeteries, crematoriums, or natural woodland burial grounds.

What is a civil funeral service?

A civil funeral service is a funeral service that doesn’t attribute itself to any religious or spiritual beliefs, and can instead be tailored to the individual being celebrated. This gives you more control than religious services, which tend to have a set order of service. These can be held outside of a place of worship, usually at a crematorium or cemetery, however, they may have a certain level of religious values within the ceremony (such as a hymn or prayer), but this is down to the organiser to arrange in line with the wishes of the deceased.

How does this differ from religious services?

A Religious Funeral Service is a traditional funeral service that usually takes place in a place of worship. As well as excerpts about the person, a religious ceremony will be interspersed with bible verses, prayers and hymns sang by the congregation or practices unique to a specific religion or denomination that the deceased ascribed to.

Can you have a humanist funeral in a church?

Due to the non-religious foundations of a humanist memorial service, a church may not be the most suitable venue. You don’t have to consider yourself religious to be able to have a funeral in a church, however if someone has led their life by humanist or non-religious principles, a more well-suited celebration of life may be more fitting as a church funeral would never be completely free of religious elements.

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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service
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What is a Direct Cremation?

A Direct Cremation is an alternative to the traditional funeral. This involves the cremation of the deceased without a funeral service. A Direct Cremation is generally the most economic option because costs of the coffin, preparation of the body, funeral service and expensive transportation are not included. However, many people choose Direct Cremations for reasons other than expense, for example:

  • - Wanting to have a memorial at a different time to the cremation
  • - Expressed desire from the deceased to not have a ceremony
  • - Individuals with relatives who face big physical or geographical challenges in coming together for a ceremony

The prices quoted for Direct Cremations include:

  • All charges, meetings and paperwork for the cremation
  • Collection of deceased and care prior to cremation
  • A simple coffin and urn for the ashes
  • Cremation fees and delivery of ashes to the family
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Attended funeral

This is Funeral Choice’s best estimate of this Funeral Director’s fees for an Attended Funeral, which is where family and friends have a ceremony or service for the deceased person at the same time as they attend their burial or cremation.

This price includes the following:

  • Taking care of all necessary legal and administrative arrangements
  • Collecting and transporting the deceased person from the place of death (normally within 15 miles of the funeral director’s premises) into the funeral director’s care
  • Care of the deceased person before the funeral in appropriate facilities.
  • Providing a suitable coffin
  • Optional viewing of the deceased person for family and friends, by appointment with the funeral director
  • At a date and time you agree with the funeral director, taking the deceased person direct to the agreed cemetery or crematorium (normally within 20 miles of the funeral director’s premises) in a hearse or other appropriate vehicle

In addition to the Funeral Director’s fee, there will be third party costs to consider (sometimes called disbursements) to cover the other aspects of a funeral (such as the crematorium or burial fees). Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to provide these for you.

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Unattended funeral

This is Funeral Choice’s best estimate of this Funeral Director’s fees and the crematorium fee for an Unattended Funeral, which is where family and friends may choose to have a ceremony, event or service for the deceased person, but they do not attend the burial or cremation itself. This is also known as a Direct Cremation.

This price includes the following:

  • Funeral Director's fees
  • Crematorium fee (for an unattended funeral) as selected by the Funeral Director

In addition to this fee, there might be additional third party costs to consider (sometimes called disbursements). Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to explain these for you.

If you wish to attend the funeral, you should view the “Attended Funeral” price instead.

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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service
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