D eath is a time of deep vulnerability, and celebrating the life of a deceased loved one is often an important part of the grieving process. When an individual’s religious views differ from their family, however, or the individual is not at all religious, it may be difficult to find someone to help guide the deceased’s family, friends, and loved ones in this celebration of life. Moreover, the inclusion of religion may often serve as a divisive force that can diminish the celebration and make it more difficult for some loved ones to grieve.
As a secular celebrant, I will help you compose a service that honors the memory of your loved one while keeping religion from imposing a specific view of the deceased on those gathered or from a clergyperson from turning the memorial into an opportunity for evangelism. You may choose to incorporate passages from religious texts, which will be treated just as poems, excerpts of prose, or other quotations would be. If a brief prayer or other religious invocation is desired, a loved one of the deceased may offer it, but the tenor of the service should remain secular as a whole.
Contact me to set up a time to meet with you to discuss a secular memorial for your loved one.
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