A celebrant is a qualified official who presides over a humanist or non-religious funeral service. Celebrants can also help bereaved families with funeral arrangements to create a unique and personal ceremony.
Finding the right funeral celebrant
Whether you are choosing a spiritual, semi-religious, non-religious or humanist funeral, then your Funeral Director may be able to provide you with recommendations for funeral celebrants. There are various organisations who can put you in touch with celebrants. A simple Google search may also be helpful in finding a suitable celebrant to officiate the funeral who lives locally to you.
After you have found the right funeral celebrant for you, a meeting is usually arranged where you can inform them of your thoughts and wishes for the funeral ceremony. Just like a priest or vicar, they may ask you to share some memories, values and details about your loved one that they can include in the service.
Officiating a funeral is essentially the celebrant’s main role. The celebrant usually takes care of the main speaking roles and will help you to put together a service structure or order of service for the celebration of life.
Please note that there is usually a celebrant cost. When planning a funeral, it is a good idea to always make sure that you ask what services are included in any prices quoted by the celebrant. Celebrant fees are typically around £150-250, depending on what services you require, how far they have to travel and their experience.