Waiting for the celebrant

Perhaps you would like a few things to ponder so that the visit can be more satisfying and effective.

You might like to give some thought to the following:

  • Are you looking for a simple service, or do you have lots of ideas about things that you would like to have included.
  • Would you like the service to concentrate on celebrating a life?
  • Is there anyone in, or close to the family, whom you expect will be willing to speak at the service? If so, what kind of things would you like them to refer to?
  • What kind of things would you like the celebrant to speak of? (Childhood, education, work, interests, personality, family, achievements, character…)
  • Do you have any ideas about how to make the service suitably reflective and inspirational by having poems or other passages to read and think about?
  • Is there any music you would like to hear played during the service?
  • Would you like a prayer to be said? If so, who would be the person to say such a prayer?
  • Is there any organisation that should be mentioned or that might play a part in the service, such as RSL or sporting clubs?
  • Would you like the funeral celebrant to refer to any gathering for refreshments after the service?
  • Are there any people you would like thanked?
  • Would you like some symbols of the persons life to be displayed?
  • Should the celebrant mention any significant people who will not be able to attend?
  • Would you like the celebrant to invite anyone present to say a few words of tribute