Frequently Asked Questions

Funerals are undoubtedly a very difficult time. In order to make the whole process flow a little easier, I have put together a series of key frequently asked questions to help guide you in the right direction.


No, they are not the same, as a Civil Funeral Ceremony is open to the inclusion of hymns or prayers should the family wish. Although it is possible, and not unusual to have a Civil Funeral Ceremony where there is a complete absence of religious references.
Absolutely - all decisions regarding content for the ceremony is led by the family. The Civil Funeral Celebrant will facilitate all decisions, and can offer advice or suggestions if needed.
In the event that a family member does not feel confident about delivering the eulogy or tribute, the Civil Funeral Celebrant can do so on their behalf. The family can discuss what they would like to say about the deceased ensuring that the eulogy represents a true picture of their loved one.
The format of the funeral is entirely up to the family. Poems, prose or song lyrics that were the favourites of the deceased can be included. If desired, some prayers and reflections can be incorporated into the ceremony. The Civil Funeral Celebrant will be able to assist you with all the details and offer suggestions and advice if required.
A Civil Funeral Ceremony can be held in a funeral home, in the home of the deceased or in a crematorium chapel. In some cases, families prefer to have a private cremation, followed by a Memorial Service one month later. This can also be facilitated, and is usually held in a private room of a hotel or other such venue.
The role of the Civil Funeral Celebrant can be as involved as you want. He can advise and assist you with the planning of the funeral. He will guide the ceremony, ensuring that the funeral proceeds according to your wishes. If required, he can deliver the tribute or eulogy and read reflections.
Yes, as a member of the Institute of Civil Funerals (IoCF), the Civil Funeral Celebrant has been through rigorous training and assessment. The Institute constantly monitors members, so that you can be assured that the highest quality standards are always met.
Generally within a few days. If at that stage, or at a future date, you may wish to either bury or scatter the ashes, the civil funeral celebrant can conduct a small ceremony to mark this ritual.

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