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  • Writer's pictureAlison Ann - The Civil Celebrant

What makes a good funeral?

Each of us are different and have our own views about what makes a funeral "good".

A funeral service is not only for the person who has died but also for those left behind.

It is important that the person arranging the funeral feels in control of the decisions being made and is given concise and transparent information about the options available to them.

A good celebrant will support you in making decisions that are right for you. I always aim to empower my families, encouraging them to make personal choices. So many families ask me, "What's normal?". My reply is always, "There is no normal. It's about what's right for you!"

There are so many ways to make a funeral service unique.

Music plays such an important role in setting the tone of the service.

The inclusion of a reading or poem provides the opportunity for loved ones to contribute to the service. Including a ritual, such as a balloon release or the simple giving of a keepsake token to each member of the congregation can be poignant.

The eulogy is the hinge pin.  The rock upon which the service is built. The story of someone's life. A celebration of who they are and the legacy they leave behind.

You may wish to write and deliver the eulogy yourself. Normally (there, she said it) family share their stories with Alison and have her create and deliver the eulogy.

Alison will work with you to create the perfect farewell.

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