Death has become a taboo subject in Western society and we have become divorced from its meaning. Most people haven’t even thought about making a Will, and assuming that everyone will respect your wishes without a formal, legal document could result in some nasty family feuds after you’ve gone.
A funeral doesn’t have to be morbid. It can be a joyous occasion, giving friends and relatives a chance to say goodbye properly as they celebrate a life well lived. There are more options available than you may realise. For example, woodland and DIY burials are becoming more popular as many people want to reduce the impact on the environment that a permanent memorial may have.

Can anyone conduct a funeral?

Yes, if it is to be conducted in a crematorium or woodland burial ground. Obviously, if the funeral is to be conducted within a religious building such as a church, synagogue or mosque, then a minister from that path will be required to conduct the ceremony.
The funeral service may be conducted by friends and family if you like and LifeRites will be happy to provide support and guidance to enable you to do this or to provide a celebrant if you feel you need someone to facilitate the ceremony.

Home funeral or family-led funerals

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to use a funeral director. Whilst they may have the professional experience, you may feel that you would like to perform this service themselves. This can be a more personal approach, as well as significantly more cost effective.
LifeRites can offer assistance and advice on your legal obligations and what you needs to do, as well as provide an experienced celebrant to conduct the ceremony if required.

Woodland burials/natural burial

these are where the body is buried on land that is managed so that it is attractive to wildlife and sustainable flora. In many of these sites, a tree is planted instead of a headstone. The idea behind this is that as time passes, the site will be transformed into woodland, creating a self-supporting eco-system.

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Further information

LifeRites has a network of registered celebrants who will be happy to conduct and/or advise on specific or general ceremonies. If you wish to request this service, please contact us, giving as much information as to your spiritual path (if appropriate), location and date of the ceremony.
Please also contact LifeRites for:
• Information on home funerals
• Information on woodland burial sites
• Examples of funeral poetry and prose.
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