Dorothy Shorne Funeral Celebrant

A civil funeral ceremony is based upon the life of the person who has

died, constituting a biography or eulogy. Such a ceremony may still be spiritual, even though a non-religious service is desired.

 It is a flexible service, which allows for the possible inclusion of different speakers, the playing of music, and the reading of verse or other material of relevance. No two funeral ceremonies are the same, as each is designed to reflect something of the personality of the deceased.

 A funeral service can be held at a variety of locations. It could be at home, in the rooms of a funeral parlour, in the chapel at a crematorium, or even in a garden or some other location that was meaningful to the deceased.

 A memorial table can be postioned at the location of the funeral. Here one can display a range of objects or momentos that were of significance to the deceased. It might be a piece of craft work, or a piece of favourite clothing, or some other item that represents the contribution that was made by the deceased to those around him or her. Friends or family could talk about the significance of those items.

 Each ceremony is prepared after careful discussion with the bereaved, and all details are verified before the funeral takes place.

 Options that you may like to think about: 

  • A Jazz band, or other live music 

  • A basic coffin that the family decorates or covers with symbollic drapes 

  • A ceremony held at a place of significance to the deceased

  • A memorial service if the cremation has been held interstate or over seas

  • A ‘show and tell’ of items representing the life of the deceased

  • A sharing of stories and reflections

  • A ceremony that flows into a celebratory wake at the same venue. 

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