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February 2019
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Using A Funeral Celebrant: A Growing Movement That's

Catching Hold


If you aren’t familiar with the concept of using a professional celebrant to preside at funerals and memorial services, then you aren’t alone. The idea of using a secular professional trained to lead funeral ceremonies isn’t new, but it is a relatively recent phenomenon in North America.


The profession of funeral celebrant developed in Australia in the 1970s when the government identified the need for specialists trained to officiate at wedding ceremonies. With success conducting weddings, the celebrants began applying their skills to funerals as well. The concept quickly spread throughout Australia and the UK. During the late 1990s, the movement began to take hold in North America.

The use of funeral celebrants in this country is still in its early stages, but there is already a vibrant and growing population of professional funeral celebrants in the United States. We think the use of funeral celebrants is a trend that will continue to take hold.


To help the Funeralwise community learn more about using celebrants, we have added new content to our site and now feature celebrants in our Preferred Provider Directory. If you are a Funeral Celebrant and would like to be added to our directory, click here.


>>Read Funeral Celebrants: Creating Personalized Ceremonies
>>Download our Guide to Using a Funeral Celebrant

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When Someone Loses A Pet
If you've lost a treasured family pet then you know how hard it is. It's also difficult  to know what to say to someone who is struggling with the grief of saying goodbye to a pet. To help, we've complied a list of things you can say to show your support and understanding. View the list.


We understand how intense pet loss grief can be, so we've developed a number of resources to address the topic. To learn more visit our section on Coping with the Loss of a Pet.

Travel Protection Plans
You've probably haven't thought much about what will happen if you die while you are away from home. But this is something you should consider since dying away from home can be an expensive proposition. You will probably need the services of two funeral directors and a carrier to get your remains from the place of death to your home town. Luckily there are now plans that can protect you should this happen. Learn More.
Planning vs. Prepaying
Funeral planning doesn't always mean you have to pay up front. Of course, there's nothing wrong with paying in advance but you don't have to. The best time to plan your funeral is BEFORE you need it. Check out our article on preplanning without prepaying.


Read more about preplanning by clicking here

Digital Dying
Our blog, Digital Dying, presents our unique perspective on funeral customs past and present, We look forward by covering topics relating to Funerals of the Future, news, funeral customs, and the people shaping the industry.

We continues to look for new ways to help people make the difficult decisions that come with end-of-life.Our goal is to help you prepare for the inevitable, celebrate life, and remember those who have gone before us.


We're Now on TrustPilot

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Have you tried our free online funeral planner yet?

When you save your plan you are automatically upgraded to the Advanced Plan. You'll be able to get an estimate of funeral costs, designate a Plan Guardian, and much more.

Remember... the best time to plan a funeral is before you need to.


Try the plan or log-in to an existing plan.

Funeralwise.com is the place to go on the web for everything you need to know about funerals. Whether you are planning a funeral or attending one, we can provide you with straight-forward answers to your questions and step-by-step instructions to guide you on your way.
We are an independent service that provides free, do-it-yourself funeral planning via our website. We do not own funeral home facilities or cemeteries. We have an "arms-length" relationship with the funeral service providers, suppliers and manufacturers whose services and products are featured on our website.
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