I am a Civil Funeral Celebrant and completed a distance learning course for a Civil Funeral Celebrant's training course with the United Kingdom Society of Celebrants and passed the examination to gain a Diploma in Civil Funeral Celebrancy.
A civil ceremony provides a service to my clients who wish to have a funeral ceremony built around the wishes of the deceased and their family rather than a religion-based “traditional” funeral. This process in-tales spending whatever length of time is necessary with the family creating a service consisting of music and/or poetry readings, offertory with special memories for the family, perhaps a hymn and/or prayer and a suitable committal.
With the family's help, I will write a tribute to the deceased telling his/her “life story” and relate experiences and qualities to capture the essence and enduring spirit of the deceased. The tribute is then given to an immediate family member for approval to ensure all the facts are correct. After the ceremony, a copy of the tribute is given to the family to keep.
When all this is in place, I will then conduct the ceremony at the funeral home, a crematorium or other suitable venue chosen by the family which will be followed by burial or cremation.