Celebrants are becoming more and more popular in cemeteries in Matthews, NC and beyond. But what is a celebrant? And what can one do for you or your loved one’s funeral? A funeral celebrant is a qualified Master of Ceremonies that helps to officiate funeral services by planning, overseeing and carrying out the proceedings. They can host both religious and non-religious funerals.
They are called celebrants because most people aim for the funeral service to be a celebration of the deceased’s life. This celebratory approach puts more emphasis on a life well lived, unique traits, and special memories rather than grief and loss. A celebrant can help you craft unique funeral services with substance, personalization and meaning.
You should hire a funeral celebrant if you want someone to take charge of hosting and speaking during the funeral. Celebrants are more flexible and open to new things that traditional funeral hosts like ministers or priests, so you can add more customization to the service. A celebrant can also help you come up with ideas for this customization. This help can be very meaningful during a difficult time of loss. While most funeral homes or cemeteries can recommend a celebrant, it’s a good idea to also do some research on your own. Make a list of possibilities, do some Googling, then call each one to get your questions answered. If you need more information, feel free to meet with your options in person to get a better feel for what they can bring to the table. During your first meeting with a potential celebrant, explain what kind of funeral you want, and how much you’d like him to be involved in the proceedings.
Remember, your funeral celebrant is there to help you, and should therefore be willing to work with you to develop the funeral services you want. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, as the right celebrant will be more than willing to help out in any way he can. If he or she doesn’t want to answer your questions, they’re probably not the celebrant for you. While vetting potential celebrants, think about and ask the following questions to get a better idea of what they offer:
- Do you make house calls?
- How much do you charge?
- How often to you host funerals?
- What’s the best way to reach you? How often are you available?
- Can you provide me with a funeral script?
- Can I have referrals from previous clients?
- Do you have any additional fees?
Hiring a funeral celebrant is an out-of-the-box way to make sure your loved one’s funeral or service is unique, celebratory and respectful. There are celebrants for hire all over the country, but not every celebrant is a good choice. Gethsemane Cemetery and Memorial Garden is a Matthews, NC cemetery with years of experience. We would be happy to recommend you to a celebrant, connect you with someone who can meet your needs, or give you more information about our funeral services and us. Please give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you.