Celebrant or Clergy – What’s right for you?


The officiant who conducts the funeral service provides emotional support and comfort to everyone present, which is why it’s important to choose one carefully. Many people are torn between a clergy member and celebrant and don’t know who would be suitable for the job. Here are some suggestions that will help you make the right decision regarding the officiant:

What is a Clergy?

A minister of religion “Celebrates the Funeral” this means that he/she will celebrate the life of the person returning to their heavenly father from where they came.

This will be done with the use of suitable scriptures and other rituals related to the particular religion.

If the person is a regular church attendee or has an affiliation with a particular religion then the best person to use is a Minister of religion or Clergy.

The minister may or may not come to your home to talk to you about your particular requirements. Most ministers are bound by the particular religious rites of their church. Nevertheless, they are kind and caring people who will do their best to assist all families.

What is a Celebrant?

Celebrants are certified officiants that don’t follow any particular religious rituals and guidelines. They conduct the ceremony as per the family’s and the decedent’s wishes and offer advice on how the service should progress. A celebrant can be a good choice for a number of people because they provide several benefits:

A civil celebrant can use religion if the family requests. However, most people requiring the services of a civil celebrant don’t want or want minimal religious content.

Celebrants offer a more flexible and personalized service as they don’t have to follow a set religious ritual.

They work with the family and take the next-of-kin’s wishes into consideration while planning the ceremony.

They can design a ceremony that focuses on the life and accomplishments of your loved one.