Humanists accept death as part of the natural order and our funeral ceremonies celebrate the life of the person who has passed away.

A humanist celebrant will spend time with the bereaved family gathering information on the life and personality of the deceased before writing a tribute to the life that was lived.

This will be the centrepiece of the ceremony at which family and friends are invited and encouraged to read personal tributes or choose other readings and secular music.

Humanist celebrants are aware that amongst those attending the funeral there may be people of faith and respect this. Although prayers and hymns are not part of our ceremonies we usually include a brief period when people can reflect or pray silently if they want to.

Normally when a family engage a funeral director the staff will contact a celebrant on their behalf but they are free to contact the Society themselves, or a known celebrant. Where families ask their funeral director to find a celebrant they should specify that they wish to have one from the Humanist Society Scotland.