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How To Choose The Right Funeral Celebrant

Choosing the right funeral celebrant to lead the service for a deceased loved one can feel a difficult task. Naturally, you’ll want the service to go as well as possible, and choose a person you think the deceased would have liked. In this short guide, we share a few helpful suggestions to help you choose a celebrant.

Consider The Celebrant's Level Of Experience

As with all professions, a person’s level of experience can have a significant effect on the final outcome. This is no different when finding a funeral celebrant. So, when it comes to selecting the right person, their experience can be an indication of how skilled they may be at their role. This is not only in terms of leading the service, but also in providing you and your family with the necessary pastoral care and guidance as you prepare for life without the departed.

Ask Friends & Family For Recommendations

Speaking to trusted friends and family can be extremely helpful when it comes to finding a reliable funeral celebrant. Word of mouth is a great way of spreading reviews, and you may even receive a number of positive recommendations. 

Read Online Reviews

If you need a wider scope, or are arranging a funeral far away, online reviews can be a useful tool. Simply search for funeral celebrants in the location of the funeral, and you are certain to have an array of results. 

Speak To Your Funeral Director

Your funeral director is certain to know a number of celebrants, and will be able to help find the ideal candidate for your loved one’s service.  They may even be able to supply you with their contact details in the instance that you would like to meet them before making a decision.

How to choose the right funeral celebrant

Questions To Ask A Potential Funeral Celebrant

Being equipped with a few questions to ask a celebrant in advance can help narrow down your decision. Here are a few examples:

  • What experience do you have?
  • What type/style of service do you specialise in?
  • Will you be willing to deliver the eulogy?
  • Are you prepared to lead religious/non religious funerals?

For assistance selecting a funeral celebrant, please speak to the team at Stanley J Nicholas.

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