Wednesday, 26 July 2017

An Example of Non-Religious Funerals

Non-Religious Funerals

Families all across Australia are very much interested towards non-religious funerals, but reluctant from going for this service. The reasons are several, but the top one is that they are not acquainted with the process. One more reason is that they don’t want to skip any of the religious rituals that they were following till now. 

For them, we have come up with a post that discusses some top elements of non-religious funerals and will give a quick overview of how this ceremony takes place.

Top five elements of non-religious funerals are –

  1. There are little to no religious elements
  2. There is a flexibility for spirituality
  3. There are many choices of care for the body
  4. They are comfortable occasions for people of every religion
  5. They focus on individuality

As far as the example of such a ceremony is concerned, the point to be noted is that they are often tailor-made and therefore, could be entirely different from each other. But yes, in this post, you can certainly get an overview of how a typical ceremony could look like.

  • Introductory music is played upon the arrival of the coffin that is followed by the mourners. These mourners are often the family members, some close relatives and some close family friends and as well as the friends of the deceased.
  • The main successor then welcomes all the guests to the ceremony and shows his gratitude to be with the family in this time of hardship.
  • Then, brief thoughts and words of wisdom are discussed on both the meaning of life and the event of death. Note that this would be totally from a non-religious viewpoint.
  • This is followed by an attribute that includes a small description of the deceased’s life, personality, achievements, etc.
  • Then, a brief reading of poetry and prose is conducted that are selected by the family and/or friends.
  • Then, there is a period of reflection, i.e. a few moments for private thoughts in relation to the deceased.
  • In the next step, the curtains are closed around the occasion, or the coffin is lowered.
  • This is followed by closing words that could be from the life celebrant, or from a family member or friend.


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