We have included some information about non-religious funerals, it is not intended to be comprehensive but to give you an idea of what is available.

Natural Death Centre

‘The Natural Death Centre is a social entrepreneurial, educational charity that gives advice on all aspects of dying, bereavement and consumer rights in this area. We give support on family-organised and environmentally-friendly funerals and run the Association Natural Burial Grounds. Although green, we promote choice and education not just environmental issues.’

This is their website: http://www.naturaldeath.org.uk/index.php?page=home

Humanists

Humanists are not religious and believe that the universe is a natural occurrence.  They do not believe in anything supernatural.  They feel they can live a full life on the basis of reason and humanity.

Humanists trust the scientific understanding of how the universe works and make ethical decision based on reason, empathy and a concern for human beings and other animals that have a conscious awareness.

Humanists do not believe in the afterlife or any discernible purpose to the universe, they give their own lives meaning by seeking happiness in this life and helping others to do the same.

Humanists mark special occasions with honesty, warmth and affection, using words and music that are personal and appropriate to the lives and the people involved. Each ceremony (naming, wedding, partnership celebrations, funerals and memorials) is unique and created especially for the people involved with no reference or dependency on religion or superstition.  They have no special rules or strict observances beyond basic legal requirements.  Specially trained people run the ceremony call celebrants and they work in close consultation with those involved to make sure it is what is wanted.

To find out more about humanists please go to their website at

http://www.humanism.org.uk/ceremonies/humanist-funerals-memorials

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