Humanist, secular, civil, and non-religious funerals –
they are all
Conventional faith-based funeral services are appropriate for someone who had strong beliefs. People who regularly go to church, synagogue, temple or mosque probably want their own minister, priest, rabbi or imam to take their funeral.
But many people who do not practice religion find that traditional religious funeral ceremonies are impersonal and inappropriate – they contain too much about faith and worship, and not enough about the life of the person who has died.
A life-centred ceremony changes the emphasis, and becomes a commemoration of the life that has ended. Some people prefer an entirely secular service; others find that some religious words and music provide comfort and meaning. It is a personal choice. But the core of the ceremony is about the person who has died, rather than about faith.
John Valentine provides humanist funeral services.