What Happens at a Funeral
Readings & Sermon
A Bible reading usually of God's care and eternal life are read, followed by a short and appropriate sermon, bringing into focus the Christian or other religious beliefs about life beyond death, bringing comfort and strength to the mourners. Prayers are offered for the person who has died, the family and all those present. This is often followed by The Lord's Prayer.
The commendation and farewell then take place and the person who has died is entrusted to the love and mercy of God.
The Committal or Cremation
If there is to be a burial, the committal would take place at the graveside or if at a crematorium, the committal will take place there.
Ministers, Pastors & Priests
Please contact your local parish minister or priest or those of the deceased person soon after death. If you wish, they will be happy to advise and support during and after your bereavement. If you or the deceased person had specific requests for hymns or particular music please convey that information to them. The Minister would then normally invite mourners to retire to join the family for refreshment.
Donations to Charity
Many people decide to accept donations to charity either instead of, or in addition to flowers. We are happy to receive donations in memory of the deceased for any registered charities and administer this on behalf of our clients. Charities selected could be one which the deceased was involved in or supported, a charity that supported them (such as the hospice, or a cancer charity) or a local cause or charity thought appropriate. When all donations are received, the charity will be informed and a cheque or cheques sent. A similar confirmation letter to the family will be sent.
A Humanist Funeral is a dignified farewell in a non- religious service. It is a celebration of the life and individuality of a loved one. It recognises the profound sadness of saying goodbye in a personal remembrance and ceremony unique to the loved one and their family and friends. Please visit www.humamism.scot for more information and to find a local Humanist Celebrant