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If you're looking to arrange a humanist funeral for a loved one or would like to learn more so you can plan ahead for your own, speak to J Wagstaff in Peacehaven.

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What is a

humanist funeral?

If the person who passed away wasn’t religious, a religious ceremony may not feel like the right choice as it isn’t true to who they are. Humanist funerals focus on the life of a person, but without the mention of a God or faith. They are usually conducted by a celebrant, close friend or family member at the crematorium or burial site, and can include music, readings and other tributes. Many people prefer to choose a celebrant, who will work closely with you to write a personalised tribute to your loved one. This type of non-religious service is both a celebration of a life that allows you to say a dignified, personal farewell.

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Order of service

for a non-religious funeral

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Although a humanist funeral doesn’t have to follow a particular structure, most people prefer to follow a more traditional order of service. Guests will usually arrive to entry music and will be welcomed by celebrant who will say a few words. The service itself will include a tribute to the deceased, including any readings or poems, before giving friends and family a few moments for quiet reflection. Curtains will be closed around the coffin before final closing words, and mourners can then leave.

Helping you during a difficult time

It is never easy dealing with the passing of a loved one. At J Wagstaff Funeral Directors, our DipFD and DipFAA qualified staff will do everything we can to make things easier for you and will ensure that you and your wishes are carried out. We serve families in Peacehaven, Saltdean, Brighton and the surrounding areas.

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We can help you plan their ideal send off.

If you’d like us to help with your humanist funeral plans, please get in touch.

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