Funeral directors will receive all kinds of requests from bereaved families when they are asked to arrange a funeral for a dearly departed loved one, and one request which has grown in frequency to a considerable extent in recent years is for non-religious or secular funerals, which are often referred to as a ‘celebration of life’.
In these kinds of funerals, the families, often taking their lead from a request made by their loved one before they passed, will seek to have a positive celebration for the deceased to recognise the life they lived, rather than a sad, black-tie, traditional funeral where the emphasis is often on grieving the loss.
Before we go any further, we do not say the former is any better. The point we must make is that any funeral should first and foremost be conducted based on the deceased’s prior wishes, should they have made any regarding their funeral. If not, then whatever the family chooses to make them feel that they have said farewell to their loved one in the best way possible is what counts.