The Funeral Service

A funeral or memorial service is usually held at the venue of your choice. Please note, venue hire fees or charges may apply – check with your celebrant or funeral director. 

A service generally includes some or all of the elements below. However, your Funeral Celebrant will be guided by the contact person (family or friend) who is responsible for organising the funeral. 

  • Music as mourners enter the chapel 
  • A welcome and introduction 
  • Reading by the celebrant 
  • Eulogy/Biography 
  • Tribute/s by family members or friends 
  • Reading 
  • Reflection time with music 
  • Reading and/or Lord’s Prayer 
  • Committal 
  • Music as mourners leave the chapel 

The Eulogy

This is one of the most important parts of a service and brings pleasure and comfort to attendees. 

Your celebrant can write the eulogy for you or they can work with the family or close friend, to craft the eulogy together. 

The Funeral Celebrant usually visits the person/s charged with organising the service to gather background details about the deceased person. : 

These may include:

  • full name, common name and/or nickname 
  • date and place of birth 
  • names of Parents and siblings 
  • schooling and early life 
  • qualifications and work life 
  • family life, marriage, children 
  • characteristics, personality, traits, common sayings 
  • community work and involvement 
  • hobbies and interests – including music, craft, pets, sports 
  • lasting memories of family and friends 

The eulogy may be delivered by the celebrant, a family member or friend and the timing of the eulogy and tributes is dependent on limitations of the venue. Discuss this with your celebrant. 

Including Music

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For other helpful information, contact a Funeral Celebrants Association Celebrant

Readings 

Your Funeral Celebrant will provide ideas for readings, or you may like to include your own special verses or readings. 

For other helpful information, contact a Funeral Celebrants Association Celebrant