Judy Spencer's Celebrant Services

Funerals - Faqs

Where are Civil Funerals held?

Generally Civil Funerals occur at Crematoriums or local cemeteries. A Memorial Service can be held at almost anywhere including family homes and in the garden.

Does it have to be religious?

No, there is no obligation to have any religious content in the ceremony, though for many people a spiritual element of some kind is important. Others may prefer a symbolic expression such as lighting a candle.

Civil celebrants like myself, generally have had training in how to manage a funeral though are not required to be legally registered to perform a funeral. In my experience it is usually better to have someone to do the ceremony who can gently support the family and friends without actually being personally involved or attached to the person who has died. It really does help the flow of the ceremony and ensures the person’s life can be celebrated properly.

What does a celebrant do at a Funeral?

I help the family to develop the ceremony they would like, come with some ideas and find out about the life of the person. I work closely with the funeral director so the ceremony part of the funeral goes smoothly. The celebrant delivers the ceremony.

Families can include anything they would like that reflects the life of the person who has died, whether it is a favourite piece of music, readings they liked, stories told by others or photos that explore their life.

What are the costs?

Funerals are negotiated on an individual basis working closely with the funeral director and the family.

Last Updated: 23/04/2015