The secular funeral
Saying goodbye to a person who has died is always difficult. And if this person expressed the wish to have a secular funeral it is all the more complicated. But it is right to respect the wishes of someone who wanted to be said goodbye in this way, and as a celebrant I will help you to respect this wish.
For the deceased
If the deceased clearly expressed the wish for a secular funeral, it is right to respect their wish.
For family and friends
You can create a ceremony that can involve everyone present, whatever their philosophical vision of life.
Who contacts me?
It is usually the family of the deceased who contact me and ask me to celebrate the funeral. Sometimes it is the funeral home that seeks me to help in this delicate role.
The first meeting
In Italy, the time between death and the funeral is usually very short. This makes my job very challenging, as I need to meet family and friends in order to get to know the deceased.
The choice of place
A lay funeral can take place in any place - inside or outside. But it is important that the place is decent and comfortable with those present.
Who will play a role?
In addition to the celebrant, other people can also speak: reading a poem or recounting some anecdotes of the life of the deceased can make the ceremony more intimate.
When I have all the details, I can write an original and unique text, tailored for you and your family. Every word will be agreed with you, nothing will be left to chance. The text must be respectful of the deceased and of those present.
The moment of the ceremony
As the celebrant, I will ensure that the ceremony is respectful of all those present and is a choral moment to greet the deceased with dignity.