For some families they may wish the service for their loved one to be taken by a non-religious celebrant/humanist. Humanist & non-religious funeral services are growing in popularity, as families are slowly becoming less religious and may want to opt for a much more personal service for them, which does not take place in a church.
The content of the order of service would follow a similar vein to that of a religious funeral in many ways. However, the non-religious content would mean the removal of prayers, religious blessings and maybe hymns as well. We can recommend very experienced trained celebrants we work with to suit all requirements, who act as the master of ceremonies. As with a church minister, the celebrant meets with the family to agree the content of the service. On the day of the service the celebrant will do as much, or as little, to complement any parts that the family and/or friends are doing within the service itself, by way of readings or tributes.
We regularly work with all local crematoriums; Wealden, Kent & Sussex and also Eastbourne and Hastings. You may want to choose which venue you would like, but sometimes it can depend on availability and locality.
We have a fleet of funeral cars and you can decide what you would like to use. It may just be a hearse, but we can also supply you with some stylish funeral cars to accompany your loved one on the way to the service. We also have the option of sourcing Land Rovers, or a horse drawn carriage. The choices are many.
The order of the service you decide upon is totally up to you. You can have pre-recorded music, a live singer, readings, a personal tribute; whatever you would like to make it personal for the service. Flowers can be delivered to us on the morning so they can accompany the hearse on it’s journey.
There are many reasons why we are different. One of the main ones is that we look after your loved one from the start until the funeral service. They do not leave our care and we keep them, safe with us in a respectful and dignified way. You can then choose to come and visit with them, if you would like to; spending some private time with them before the funeral.
Many people now prefer to scatter the ashes of their loved one in a location that meant something to them. While there are no national laws restricting the scattering of ashes of the deceased over land, you would need the permission of landowners if you’re considering scattering them on private land.
Please call C. Waterhouse & Sons on 01435-882219 or Heathfield Funeral Service 01435-862648 if you are looking for Humanist & Non-Religious Funeral Services. We’re here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.