Compassionate and Professional Care

The Role of a Funeral Celebrant

The professionalism of a first-class funeral celebrant enables a beautifully organised, smoothly conducted and eloquently presented ceremony that creates a moving and fitting tribute to the person who has died. A funeral celebrant functions as the presenter of a funeral ceremony or service. The funeral celebrant is also the organiser of the order of service for this ceremony.

    • Your celebrant will meet with you (and the other bereaved) at a time and place convenient to you.
    • Your funeral celebrant must gain a thorough image of the person who has died, so that the funeral ceremony can truly reflect him or her.
    • The funeral celebrant will put together a unique ceremony/service based on your memories and wishes.
    • This will include the eulogy, a formal presentation that lets all present remember the individuality, the joys, the struggles and the achievements of the one who's died.
    • A lot of work needs to be done very quickly, with great detail, with a good deal with empathy and professionalism, to enable you to feel satisfied the ceremony design does justice to the memory of the one you've lost.
    • The celebrant, in liaison with you and other family members, will help you decide what your public role will be for the service or ceremony. However you wish to express your grief, that can be done. A funeral ceremony can display so many elements and it allows you to say a final goodbye in a ritual as old as mankind - with elements that are old, new, formal, informal, whatever you wish.
    • The celebrant also liaises with the funeral director and those who play a technical part in the ceremony. The celebrant communicates the Order of Service with the funeral director and also deals with communicating any additional touches to the ceremony, such as a dove release or balloon release, or a special ritual within the ceremony, or a special and even unorthodox tribute.
    • The celebrant acts as the MC for the funeral ceremony itself, and often delivers the eulogy if a family member cannot or prefers not to do so.
    • The funeral celebrant will be present at the committal of the body (i.e., at the graveside if there is to be a burial, or for the cremation if the body is to be cremated).

The celebrant does not:

    • deal with the legal aspects of the funeral. That is the role of the funeral director;
    • deal with the transportation of the body or organise the casket. That is the role of the funeral director;
    • organise the burial or cremation. That is the role of the funeral director.
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