Essential Funerals

Humanist Funerals Scotland

What is a humanist funeral?

A humanist funeral service is a personal alternative to a religious or faith based funeral ceremony.  The ceremony is brought together and conducted by a humanist funeral officer or celebrant who works with family and friends to create a truly…

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The rising cost of Funerals today

Average funeral cost hits £3,300. Rising funeral inflation is helping drive sales of pre-paid funeral plans which hit record levels last year as total sales climbed seven per cent, analysis from the Funeral Planning Authority and independent funeral plan company…

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What is a eulogy?

A eulogy is when a friend or relative says a few words during the funeral service about the person who has died. Some people write a eulogy and others prefer to read a favourite poem or reading from a book.…

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Green or natural woodland funeral

If you loved one had strong ecological beliefs they may have arranged a green funeral. Typical a green funeral takes place in a natural meadow or woodland burial ground. The materials of the coffin are made from biodegradable materials. Green…

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Music for a funeral ceremony

More people are requesting contemporary music during funeral services. The music chosen by the family, or requested by the person who has died, is music that they liked and listened to during their life. This often means it is lighthearted…

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At the graveside

When friends and family gather at the graveside after the funeral ceremony it is a common custom in the UK to throw soil or petals. Other funeral rituals at the graveside include: Throwing soil, petals or flowers Doves, bubbles &…

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Funeral Readings – What Are Your Options?

There was a time when many funerals followed a traditional theme. People would have wooden coffins, everyone would wear black, and funeral readings tended to be passages from the Bible. As society has changed over the decades, so have your…

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Farewell to artist George Wyllie, Greenock

On a brilliantly sunny day, family, friends, colleagues and well-wishers gathered outside Greenock Crematorium to say farewell to artist George Wyllie. The funeral ceremony was conducted by Victoria Bisland of Fuze Ceremonies. Inside, the mood at the 30-minute-long humanist service…

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