The First Step
One of the first decisions you will make when organizing a funeral is whether to choose a minister or celebrant as an officiant for the ceremony. While anyone can lead a funeral service, usually someone with experience will make sure everything will happen as you intend.
If your loved one was a member of a religious group, you will probably want to contact their priest or minister. Once they are informed that a death has occurred, the funeral director will liaise with them to officiate at the funeral. If your religious beliefs are not so strongly identified, you may prefer a less formalized service and one of our funeral directors can help you with selecting a clergy.
Many families are now choosing to work with a Celebrant for their funerals. A celebrant is a person who has been professionally trained to perform funeral services and to work with family members in helping them to plan and manage their event processes. They can offer guidance to you and your family and give support to those going through the grieving process.
Make sure you feel comfortable and confident with your choice as you only get one chance at a funeral, and it's important that you feel good about the person who will lead.
To learn more about the differences between a celebrant-led and a clergy-led funeral event, contact our team directly.