All funerals require an officiant to offer comfort, organize the service, conduct the service, and ensure the decedent receives all the respect they deserve. There are different kind of officiants to choose from but they can be divided into two categories; clergy members with religious affiliations and celebrants with no religious affiliations. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:
1. When to Choose Celebrants?
Celebrants are well-trained, educated, and certified officiants that have the authority to conduct ceremonies like weddings and funerals. They’re a good choice if:
The decedent and the family want a neutral service without any religious influence.They want a flexible funeral service that can be personalized and unique.The decedent wanted the celebrant to perform the ceremony.Celebrants offer great deal of comfort and are good at giving advice on the grieving process as well.
2. When to Choose Clergy Members
Clergy members belong to a religious order and must follow the rules and regulations of the religion for the funeral process. They’re a good choice if:
The decedent and the family are religious and want spiritual comfort during the ceremony.
They don’t mind the lack of flexibility and prefer a familiar structured ceremony.
The decedent has left behind instructions indicating that a member of a specific religious order perform the ceremony.
Both the clergy members and celebrants know how to conduct the ceremony and ensure all members of the family have some closure. They also help struggling families plan the funeral and make the choice between burial and cremation if needed. This guidance can help ease the burden of planning and ensure family members are more secure in their decisions.
If you want to know more about funeral services, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Jerry Spears Company. Our team will be happy to help.