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The Funeral

Choosing a ceremony.

Religious beliefs vary from person to person, and while some may see a religious ceremony as essential, others may find it inappropriate. Whatever your views, the right to conduct a funeral in a manner suitable to the deceased is one we respect and cater for. A funeral ceremony is traditionally a time for ministers or family members to speak about the deceased, re-live memories and pay respects. There is no necessity to have a minister of religion conduct the service or even have the ceremony in a church; it all depends on the personal preferences of the deceased and the family. Arranging a minister
A religious ceremony is typically accompanied by bible readings and hymns selected by the bereaved or the minister. If your loved one was a member of a church, it is most likely that they would want the pastor or minister from that church to conduct the service. If the deceased had no regular contact with a church, but a religious ceremony is requested, Harrisons will contact a recommended minister on your behalf. Most ministers do not charge a fee for conducting a service, and the family usually makes a small donation to the church as a gesture.Non – religious service
There are many alternatives to a religious ceremony, the most popular being a humanist ceremony. The Humanist Society provides trained officiants to conduct non-religious ceremonies in a manner which remains respectful and dignified, but without any religious references. A typical ceremony will usually include favourite music, poetry and prose readings, a tribute to the deceased and the opportunity for family members to stand up and reminisce. These ceremonies can be held anywhere that the family deems appropriate, and the ceremony as a whole can be personalised by the bereaved. A humanist officiant will usually charge a fee for conducting the service.