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Humanist funerals

The loss of a loved one is difficult, but arranging a funeral ceremony shouldn’t be

A personalised approach to funeral ceremony

Humanist funeral ceremonies don’t follow a set script or format and can be as simple or as intricate as you like. During the planning stages your celebrant will work with you to learn as much as they can about your loved one’s life and the memories you wish to share during the ceremony. They’ll use these discussions to weave together a story that remembers and celebrates your loved one’s life.  

Most people choose to use readings, poems, and music in the service, and your celebrant can help to guide you on placement and suggestions for this aspect of the ceremony. A humanist funeral will not include any acts of worship. But space can be made for a period of quiet reflection that creates an inclusive space for everyone to remember your loved one in a way that reflects their beliefs. 

Booking a humanist funeral 

Normally our celebrants are contacted on behalf of families through their funeral director. If you have not yet engaged a funeral director and would like your ceremony to be conducted by a Humanist Society Scotland celebrant you can either specify with your chosen funeral director, or you can contact our celebrants directly and they can notify your funeral director. Funeral ceremonies normally cost £200 (or £240 for an extended funeral). Your celebrant will be able to advise you on the cost for the ceremony you require. 

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Speak to a celebrant

We have celebrants located right across Scotland.