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Civil funerals

​A civil funeral ceremony is a dignified ceremony to commemorate a loved one's life. It is predominately non- religious in content although favourite hymns and bible readings can be included. It is a ceremony that reflects the wishes of the family and those of the deceased. One of the key features of a civil funeral is a highly personal tribute created by the celebrant in conjunction with the family or executor.

The difference between humanist funeral and a civil one is that a humanist funeral will not normally contain any religious elements. A civil funeral can include hymns, bible readings and quiet time for prayer.

Where can a civil funeral be held?

A civil funeral can be held almost anywhere. The ceremony is appropriate for either a cremation or burial at any non-religious burial ground. Your funeral director will be able to make the initial arrangements on your behalf.

Conducting a civil funeral ceremony

The person conducting the ceremony is a professional celebrant trained by The Institute of Civil Funerals .

Celebrants are hand-picked for their experience, professionalism and empathy. Many celebrants are members of the Registration Service but it is important to note that they are not acting as Registrars when working as a civil funeral celebrant.​

There is no law that states that funerals should be conducted by a religious minister.