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Humanist Funerals

Humanist funerals & non-religious funeral services are becoming more common. Most services are led by a master of ceremonies. This may be a member of the family, a close friend or associate or a trained celebrant. The format is typically secular but may frequently contain religious content. The focus of the ceremony is usually a celebration of the deceased life. This may include contributions from relatives, friends and colleagues.

What is involved in a Humanist Funeral?

Humanist & non-religious funeral services are becoming more common. Most services are led by a master of ceremonies. This may be a member of the family, a close friend or associate or a trained celebrant. The format is typically secular but may frequently contain religious content. The focus of the ceremony is usually a celebration of the deceased life. This may include contributions from relatives, friends and colleagues and often includes readings and music relevant to the deceased.

When can the funeral be held?

There is no set time at which a Humanist Funeral needs be held, however it is advisable to book it as the last cremation of the day to allow sufficient time for the ceremony. Most Humanist ceremonies last around 40 minutes so we advise booking a 1-hour slot to accommodate people arriving and departing.

Can I arrange my own funeral?

Many people would like to arrange their own Humanist funeral to ensure that it fits their own beliefs and desires. We recommend speaking with the celebrant to discuss the ceremony as well making your wishes known to whoever will be responsible for organising the funeral.

Where can Humanist Funerals be held?

At Cunningham’s, we have many locations that are suitable venues for Humanist Funerals. Our locations are available to families at no charge. Our locations provide facilities that are not time dependent and grant flexibility for families to create a ceremony of their own duration and at their convenience during the week. Below are a summary of our facilities and some other alternative venues.

Some of the family are religious – can their beliefs be included?

While Humanist funerals are by their definition secular, many celebrants allow prayers to be spoken by mourners to suit the needs of certain family members or friends. Many Humanist funerals also include a minute’s silence which provides mourners the time to grieve in their own way.

Can I arrange my own funeral?

Location Seated Parking PA Equipment Time
Funeral Home Clonsilla 35 People 10 Cars Yes Unlimted
Funeral Home Blanchardstown 30 People Street Yes Unlimited
Funeral Home Celbridge 75 People 20 Cars Yes Unlimited
Funeral Home Lucan 30 People Street Yes Unlimited
Newlands Cross Crematorium 250 People 250 Cars Yes 2 x 30 mins
Glasnevin Crematorium 130 People 30 plus Street Yes 2 x 20 mins
Mount Jerome Crematorium 140 people 40 plus Street Yes 2 x 30 mins