Fee from £1,750
Humanist funerals are non-religious. If the person who died wasn’t religious, a humanist funeral is a more authentic way of celebrating who they were in life.
We're celebrants too, so we can organise and lead the humanist ceremony as well as help plan the celebration.
Our humanist burial or cremation ceremonies and celebrations of life are personal in every detail. You can choose to hold the ceremony at special or beautiful venue, indoors or outside - at home, in your garden, in a field or woods, at a natural burial ground, a rural barn, by a lake or by the sea, in a village hall - as well as more traditional venues.
The Dalai Lama said:
"I believe there is an important distinction to be made between religion and spirituality.
Religion I take to be concerned with faith in the claims to salvation of one faith tradition or another, an aspect of which is acceptance of some form of metaphysical or supernatural reality, including perhaps an idea of heaven or nirvana. Connected with this are religious teachings or dogma, rituals, prayer and so on.
Spirituality I take to be concerned with those qualities of the human spirit – such as love and compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, a sense of responsibility, a sense of harmony – which bring happiness to both self and others.
While ritual and prayer, along with the questions of nirvana and salvation, are directly connected with religious faith, these inner qualities need not be, however. There is thus no reason why the individual should not develop them, even to a high degree, without recourse to any religious or metaphysical belief system.
This is why I sometimes say that religion is something we can perhaps do without. What we cannot do without are these basic spiritual qualities."