Civil funerals

A Civil Funeral

A civil funeral gives you the opportunity to celebrate the life of your loved one by creating a personalised and dignified ceremony which reflects the individual wishes of the deceased and their family

Who conducts the Civil Funeral ceremony?

The person conducting the ceremony is an authorised partner of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is a fully qualified Civil Funeral Celebrant. The celebrant will talk to all those involved and will liaise with your chosen funeral director regarding every aspect of the ceremony.

Where can the ceremony be held?

A civil funeral can be held almost anywhere you wish and is appropriate for cremations, burials at non-religious burial grounds or woodland burial sites.

How is the ceremony created?

Your celebrant will meet with you in order to create a dignified and meaningful ceremony that incorporates your wishes and requirements. You may wish to include music, readings or poetry which have a special significance to you and your family and which reflect the life of your loved one. It is most important that your ceremony meets your expectations. You will have the opportunity to check and amend the content before the ceremony takes place.

Types of Funeral CeremonyVenn diagram of types of funerals

Service taken by a member of clergy from a particular faith. Such services normally follow the accepted liturgy of the faith in question.

Ceremony prepared and presented by a professional Civil Funeral Celebrant. These ceremonies reflect the exact needs of the bereaved family and can include hymns and prayers if required.

Funeral taken by an officiant of the British Humanist Association. Such funerals are entirely secular and will not include hymns or prayers.

How can I arrange a Civil Funeral ceremony?

For further information, or to arrange a civil funeral, please contact The Institute of Civil Funerals: