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Meet our trainer for funeral and memorial ceremonies, Pamela Clocherty

Meet our trainer for funeral and memorial ceremonies, Pamela Clocherty

Meet our trainer for funeral and memorial ceremonies, Pamela Clocherty
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Funeral Poems and Readings

Poems and readings can be a meaningful part of a humanist funeral or memorial service. Here are some short extracts read by celebrants.

Funeral Poems and Readings
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Humanist memorial service

A humanist memorial service is a non-religious ceremony to commemorate and say goodbye to a loved one who has passed away. Like humanist funerals, they are very personalised, placing the person at the heart of it and with a focus on the ceremony as a celebration of the life.

Humanist memorial service
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Sustainable ceremonies

Thinking about how you can make your ceremony and celebration more sustainable and eco-friendly?  As humanists, we believe that we have just this one life. We have a responsibility not only to our fellow human beings but also to other…

Sustainable ceremonies
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The difference between a humanist and a celebrant

What’s the difference between a humanist and a celebrant? People often think humanists and celebrants are the same thing. A humanist is a person with humanist beliefs, and a humanist celebrant is a person that conducts humanist weddings, funerals, and…

The difference between a humanist and a celebrant
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Why choose a Humanist Society Scotland celebrant?

We’ve been around for a long time Our celebrants have been conducting ceremonies since the early 1990s and legal weddings in Scotland since 2005. With this history, it’s not surprising that we’re the most trusted provider of humanist ceremonies, with…

Why choose a Humanist Society Scotland celebrant?
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Planning your own funeral

When the time comes, it can be a great comfort to your loved ones to be able to conform to your wishes. It can therefore help ease an already difficult time by planning your own funeral in advance. By leaving…

Planning your own funeral
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A humanist funeral

As humanists, we believe that we have one life and that we have a responsibility to ourselves, our fellow living beings and the earth to live that life as best we can. That means trying to be respectful, tolerant and…

A humanist funeral