Non-Religious Funerals & Cremations
When a loved one passes away, it can be difficult to know how to honour their life and say goodbye. If you are looking to honour the passing of a loved one without a religious affiliation, a non-religious funeral may be what you are looking for.
About Non-Religious Funerals
A non-religious funeral service is a ceremony that is not associated with any religion, it doesn’t mean religion can’t be involved, just that the ceremony is not necessarily marked by religious rituals. This means that the ceremony can be customised to fit the needs of the family and friends of the deceased.
Most non-religious funerals take place in a funeral home or church, but they can also happen at a cemetery, the deceased’s home or any other location of significance to the departed.
What Types of Non-Religious Funeral Services Are There?
When considering a non-religious funeral, you have options. Some of the more common non-religious funeral services include:
Celebration of Life Ceremony
The Celebrations of Life Ceremony is an activity that honours someone who has passed on. During the ceremony, family, and friends will gather together to celebrate the memory of their loved one. This ceremony is usually recommended by a minister or officiant; however, it isn’t necessary to have an official person presiding over the ceremony.
Memorial Tribute Funeral Service
A memorial tribute is all about celebrating the unique life of your loved one. It’s a chance to gather with family and friends to remember the good times and acknowledge their impact on those who knew them best. The service is tailored to the wishes of your loved one, it can be a formal or informal gathering.
Spreading of Ashes Ceremony
A Spreading of Ashes Ceremony is a type of service following a non-religious cremation that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s a way to honour your loved one that is more personalised. In this type of ceremony, the ashes of the deceased are spread in a place that is special to them.
Is a Non-Religious Funeral Right for Our Family?
There is no right or wrong way to hold a funeral service for your loved one, the important thing is that it celebrates their life in a way that is meaningful to you and your family. Two key benefits of a non-religious funeral include its ability to be personalised and inclusive.
- Personalised: A non-religious funeral can be tailored to fit the specific needs of the grieving family. For example, if the deceased was an avid nature lover, the service could be held outdoors in a beautiful setting. Or, if the family wishes to keep the service intimate, it could be held in the home of the deceased.
- Inclusive: Another benefit of a non-religious funeral service is that it can be more inclusive than a religious service. This is because there is no set doctrine that must be followed, so people of all beliefs (or no belief at all) can participate. This can be especially helpful for people who have lost a loved one who was not religious.
If you are considering a non-religious funeral service, know that you have options and there is no right or wrong way to do it.
Our team at Cosmopolitan Funeral Services has over 30 years of experience helping families just like yours traverse the difficult journey of funeral preparation and can help you plan the event that’s right for your family from start to finish.
Nothing is more important to us than to honour your loved one with our consideration of diversity, concern for compassion, and dedication to empathy.
Call us at 1300 211 010 or connect with us online to begin your funeral service planning today.