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Sharon Hunter - September 2021

Myth: The funeral service must be conducted by a registered celebrant or officiant

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It surprises many to learn that a funeral is not a legal event. That means there’s no law requiring you to have a registered celebrant or officiant.

Regardless of what venue you select for the service, you can choose to have a family member or friend take the lead. It’s also a role that can be shared among several people. While it takes courage to step up at this time, the experience can be deeply rewarding. It can also make the funeral unique; who better to lead a personalized service than someone who shared life’s journey with the deceased?

Having someone oversee the order of events brings a bit of structure. Having said that, you needn’t follow any specific format. If the service is being held without the casket, the options open up, so feel free to do something different.

If there isn’t anyone within family and friends who can lead the service, an experienced celebrant or officiant will work with you to give the service the personality that fits your Great Goodbye. The right person will bring sensitivity, dignity and experience.

Look through the Great Goodbyes marketplace to view celebrants and officiants you can trust.

"Regardless of what venue you select for the service, you can choose to have a family member or friend take the lead."

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