We understand that there are people who would rather not have a religious ceremony. Sometimes the deceased person may even have specified this in their will. That’s why we often work with officiants other than ministers of religion to conduct non-religious ceremonies.
Unlike traditional funerals, these do not follow rituals such as religious readings or prayers. The purpose of a non-religious ceremony is simply to celebrate the life of the individual who has passed away, as well as to allow those who attend to acknowledge the loss of this family member or friend.
One type of non-religious ceremony is provided by the Humanist Society. Their trained officiants conduct non-religious ceremonies as alternatives to traditional funerals. The ceremony may be held in a private home, a crematorium, a funeral parlour, at a graveside or at various other places with the exception of churches and religious buildings.. Although the ceremony will be non-religious, it will not be anti-religious, and care is taken to avoid giving offence to anyone, whatever his or her personal beliefs. It is important to note that most humanists will not entertain any reference to a deity or afterlife.
A Humanist Officiant would charge a fee for taking the funeral service.
For more information, visit the Humanist Society of Scotland website.
Another choice would be a Civil Funeral. A Civil Funeral is a funeral driven by the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased and their family, not by the beliefs or ideology of the person conducting the funeral.
An increasing number of people are finding that their personal preferences are best accommodated within a Civil Funeral ceremony - a funeral which can include religious elements of whatever faith or no religious content at all, and also other elements that can be combined to better reflect the wishes of everyone involved.
A Civil Funeral ceremony is fitting for either a cremation or burial and can be held at a variety of locations with the exception of churches and religious buildings.
A Civil Celebrant would charge a fee for taking the funeral service.