Non-Religious Funerals

Can you arrange non-religious funerals?

Absolutely. Please ask us for advice. For example religious symbols can be temporarily removed from certain crematoriums and chapels if you so wish.

What happens in non-religious funerals?

The ceremony is tailored to your wishes. Music is often included. For inspiration please take a look at our funeral music ideas page.

Often an officiate or family member begins and ends the ceremony with a welcome and a thank you.  Sometimes there are readings and opportunities for others to speak about the deceased. If you wish to say a prayer then please ask.

What is a humanist funeral?

A humanist funeral celebrates the life of the person who has passed away. In a humanist funeral there is no reference to religion or to an afterlife. Instead the ceremony concentrates on the connections the deceased made throughout their life. Such funerals, or memorials, allow you to share memories and express your feelings. Please ask if you wish to include a prayer.

Please ask us for more details. You may also find the Humanist Ceremonies website helpful.

Civil Funerals

A Civil Funeral ceremony can be a completely non-religious funeral. Alternatively, it can include some religious elements. You can hold one for a cremation or burial. It can be held in many locations, apart from churches and religious buildings.

There is more information at the Institute of Civil Funerals. For options around Scarborough and the surrounding area, please contact us.

What sort of funeral arrangements do you make?

We can help you with all aspects of non-religious funerals. Click the links below to find out more: