FCAA Celebrants know that planning a wonderful and fitting funeral or memorial service for a loved one can be daunting for family and friends who are dealing with their grief.
Our members are highly professional celebrants who meet with bereaved families and friends and provide guidance and support for them.
The FCAA Celebrant crafts and delivers a personalised funeral or memorial service that is dignified and respectful, and honours the life of the deceased person. The celebrant liaises with the Funeral Director to ensure a quality service is delivered and is one that incorporates the wishes of the family.
Funeral celebrants are independent and work confidentially so feel free to contact an FCAA Celebrant and ask questions about a funeral or memorial service.
A. At a Funeral, the deceased body is in a coffin/casket/shroud. A Memorial Service is a service held to commemorate and celebrate the life of a deceased person with their body not present (although in some instances their ashes may be) . This gives greater flexibility with the choice of venue.
A. If the celebrant is arranged by the Funeral Director then her/his fee is paid by them. The celebrant’s fee will be itemised in the Funeral Director’s account. However, if you choose your own FCAA Funeral Celebrant you would pay them directly.
A. Your FCAA Funeral Celebrant is capable and skilled at writing eulogies. You will need to give her/him information about your relative’s life when you meet to plan the service. See our website for a Service Planning form.
A. Many Crematoria Chapels and Funeral Homes have facilities to provide this. Please advise your Funeral Director who will arrange it for you. The family will be asked to provide images and other information about their loved one to include in the presentation.
A. It is very appropriate for family members or friends to participate in the service, as it makes it more personal. Discuss this with your Funeral Celebrant and they will advise the best way to incorporate this into the service.
A. Younger members can participate if they are willing. Your FCAA Funeral Celebrant will be there to make sure that their contribution is supported. Sometimes, two younger people will do a joint reading or joint tribute.
A. Your Funeral Celebrant will be happy to include religious content if that is what the family wishes. Many people, while having no special church affiliation, take comfort from some religious content in the service. Others feel that a religious component will comfort other family members. Discuss this with your Funeral Celebrant.
A. FCAA Funeral Celebrants will give you a presentation copy of the Funeral Fervice as a memento. Many celebrants will also provide you with an e-copy (PDF) of the service so that it may be distributed to family members or others who cannot attend.
A. Most FCAA Funeral Celebrants have completed accredited training as a Funeral Celebrant and have extensive experience in conducting ceremonies. Many are registered / authorised Marriage Celebrants as well.
A. Your relative may have left instructions. However, there is an online service which allows grieving families to decide what happens to their loved one’s social networks after they are gone. There is a cost involved in this service. http://eclosure.com.au