The Role of a Funeral Celebrant

An AFCC Funeral Celebrant offers a family an alternative to a traditional religious funeral ceremony conducted by clergy. A celebrant will assist the family with the structure and design of the funeral ceremony, listening carefully to ensure the ceremony reflects the life of the loved family member. The celebrant is an expert in providing suggestions on the selection of prose or poetry, and can guide the family on involvement/participation in the ceremony.

Accredited AFCC Celebrants have demonstrated their ability to conduct a high standard of funerals and many have completed professionally run courses in Funeral Celebrancy. While some Funeral Celebrants are also Registered Marriage Celebrants, some have chosen to dedicate themselves to conducting only funerals.

The Funeral Celebrant will work closely with the family to compose a personalised ceremony using words and music that pay proper and adequate tribute to the person who has died. Celebrants take many hours in preparation for a funeral. The needs of bereaved families have not changed over the years, but expectations have grown as people have realised that professional Funeral Celebrants can provide wonderful ceremonies of memorial that celebrate their loved one’s life and help them to say farewell in a dignified and meaningful way.

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