If you plan on having a funeral ceremony, someone will need to lead the proceedings and, at the very least, say a few words. Do you have anybody specific in mind?
We look at your choices of officiant to help you decide who will lead your funeral ceremony.
Who is this guide for?
Who gets the last word at your funeral ceremony?
In the not too distant past, a religious minister would lead a funeral service as a matter of course. But that isn’t the case now. A traditional religious funeral is in decline. For one thing, not everyone in the UK identifies as religious.
What all this means for you is that you do have the final say about who and how your funeral service is conducted. The question is who is your preferred choice of voice?
What are the different types of funeral officiants?
It’s a big decision. It’s worth taking the time to reflect on your personal values and what sort of ceremony best represents you and the impact it will have on the people you care most about.
Remember that regardless of who takes your service, when you plan your own funeral you can leave wishes for what will be said and heard.
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What are the funeral officiant’s duties?
If you are inviting a family member or friend to officiate at your funeral ceremony, then you might want to fill them in on their role for the day.
Does a pre-paid funeral plan include the cost of the officiant?
Whether the funeral plan includes the third-party officiant’s fee depends on the type of funeral plan purchased.
There are three types of Plans. All guarantee to cover the funeral director’s fees. The difference in Plan types lies between the level of third-party cover.