Claire Digance

Wedding & Civil Partnership, Naming & Welcoming and Funeral Ceremonies

About

I live in Dumbarton with my husband and daughter; having been brought up in the East, the move West was nowhere near as traumatic as I had been led to believe!

I love where I live and it's amazing being part of my local community in some of the most significant and important days in their lives. I am very privileged to be a Celebrant and I thoroughly enjoy it.

I have always been quite comfortable with my own atheism and, when I first became aware of Humanism, I was amazed at how much it reflected how I thought about life. Treating others with respect and concern, being happy and bringing happiness to others, rational and logical thinking, art and science- these are all things that resonate with me.

When I am not working, I am usually found pretending to be a responsible parent to an increasingly entertaining nine year old. I enjoy roller-skating, talking about camping but staying in nice hotels and annoying my husband.

Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

A Humanist wedding offers you the opportunity to have a ceremony that truly reflects your personalities, likes and dislikes, the very things that you love (or not!) about each other.

From writing your own vows to traditional symbolic gestures such as jumping the broom or handfasting, there's no limit to how you make your ceremony 'just you'. As your ceremony is entirely non-religious, there is huge scope to include readings and poetry that are personally meaningful. It's also the perfect opportunity to involve your guests; the best ceremonies are the ones that make everyone feel really involved.

A Humanist wedding is not the easy option! It's your words that form the ceremony and you will be assigned some homework but, as daunting as that may sound, in reality, it's a great opportunity to both sit down and remember the reasons you love each other and why being married to each other is going to be ace!

Sometimes, weddings are planned, at least in your imagination, for years and years but, when it comes to putting it all into words, most people don't know where to start! From your initial pre-booking meeting to the final draft, I'll help you create a warm, meaningful and honest ceremony, gently nag you into getting everything done and keep everyone right on the day. My weddings tend to be informal, fun and relaxed but still with a sense of ceremony. It is the best job in the world!

If you're not being married in church or a Registry Office, where can you be married? With a Humanist wedding, the answer is simple.....anywhere! A qualified Humanist celebrant is licensed to legally marry people without the need for a special venue licence. In the last year, I’ve married couples in hotels, farms, castles, restaurants, beaches, islands, on a bridge, up a bungee tower…I love an unusual location!

Planning a wedding can be a stressful time and it is reassuring to know that all our ceremonies are covered by the Ceremony Promise. Not only are all celebrants trained to the highest standard, we are all fully insured and, in the unlikely event that I was unable to conduct your ceremony, there is always a celebrant who can. And, by choosing a Humanist Society Scotland celebrant, you are contributing to the extensive charitable work and campaigning the Society supports as I donate 10% of my fee back to the HSS.

When you choose a Humanist wedding, you are choosing the most amazing ceremony, one that you and your guests will remember forever.

If you are considering a Humanist wedding and would like to talk through what is involved, please don't hesitate to contact me, or have a wee look at my website and blog, www.clairethehumanist.com

Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Naming, or Welcoming Ceremonies are ace! Big or small, the ceremony is a happy chance to bring people together to celebrate a new addition, a growing family or, just simply, a change of name. Happy times!

My very favourite thing about a Naming Ceremony is the freedom to involve others, whether they be grandparents, siblings, guide parents or even the entire guest list...

Readings, poetry, music, tree planting, handprints, wish lists- there are so many things you can do to make your child's Ceremony meaningful and memorable (but not cheesy!).

Funeral Ceremonies

Prior to becoming a Celebrant, I worked as a funeral director for nearly a decade and I saw the phenomenal increase in demand for non-religious and Humanist ceremonies. The funerals were always so personal and interesting, a million miles away from traditional religious ceremonies. It led me to research Humanism further, join the Society and, when I was looking for a change of career, it seemed a natural progression to become a Celebrant...and I absolutely love it! Being part of people's lives and ensuring folk have the best send-off possible is extraordinarily rewarding and I am delighted to be part of it.

I see how important it is to families that the funeral they arrange is meaningful, professionally conducted and truly reflects the life of their loved one. When a funeral goes well, it can make all the difference to a family; it might not make their loss any more bearable, but the knowledge that they had done the very best they can and given their loved one the send-off they deserve, can be a huge relief and of great comfort to them.

A 'good' funeral, one that celebrates the individual personality of the deceased, might be full of familiar stories, music, tributes and laughter. Or it might be private, quiet and reflective. I work with you, and the funeral director, to make sure that we get it right.

I really enjoy finding out about someone's life; in a couple of hours, I can learn more about a person than I would maybe know in years of friendship. My job as a Celebrant is to share all that amazing information and capture a real sense of what they were like as a child, a young person, as a parent and a grandparent. It's a fantastic job, one that I absolutely love.

If you have no experience of Humanist funerals and would like to know more about them or you are pre-arranging a funeral (sounds grim, doesn't it?!) and would like some advice, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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