Humanist Funerals St Leonards-on-Sea

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Humanist Funerals St Leonards-on-Sea

In death, as in life, we understand that everyone is an individual, and as such when arranging a funeral service, many people choose or request a non-religious funeral otherwise known as a humanist funeral.


As a family owned and run funeral director in St Leonards-on-Sea, a humanist cremation or burial is a sincere and thoughtful way to say farewell to a family member, friend or loved one.

This type of non-religious funeral, parts with traditional funeral formalities and is replaced with an often-unique humanist funeral service and celebration of life.

When arranging a humanist service in St Leonards-on-Sea, the funeral can be planned in whatever way the deceased person may have requested or how you and the family wish.

What happens at a humanist funeral ceremony in St Leonards-on-Sea?

We are often asked what happens at a humanist funeral ceremony, and the answer is that it can be different for each person. Everyone is different and it’s those differences that can be celebrated in a non-religious cremation or burial.

If you’re not a religious person, having an alternative funeral or a non-religious ceremony or funeral service is a fitting tribute but without the religious aspects. Humanist funerals are basically meaningful, non-religious funeral that focuses on the life the person led, rather than a particular faith or belief in a god.

Where can you hold a humanist funeral service in St Leonards-on-Sea?

A humanist funeral ceremony can be held at a crematorium with a non-religious cremation, or a humanist burial at a cemetery or a woodland or green burial site. This is a well-liked choice for many non-religious funerals which can take place in a peaceful and tranquil setting.

You may also want to consider a direct cremation and then arrange a humanist funeral service to include the scattering of ashes.

How do I find a humanist funeral celebrant in St Leonards-on-Sea?

A funeral celebrant is a non-religious person who can lead a humanist funeral service and help family and friends to pay their respects to the person who has died.

We can recommend someone, or you can contact a celebrant directly but do check that they are accredited by Humanists UK. You can find humanist celebrants near you here by entering your postcode.

What can you include in a humanist funeral?

With no traditions to follow, a humanist funeral service is down to what the deceased person wanted or the wishes of family members. Non-religious cremation or funeral is dedicated to the life of the person who has died and can include any style of music or songs and non-religious readings.

Planting a tree, lighting candles or releasing balloons are all popular and symbolic gestures. Another popular choice at a humanist funeral is not to have the traditional black dress code, and request that guests wear a particular colour or bright outfit.

How much does a humanist funeral cost in St Leonards-on-Sea?

The cost of a humanist funeral can range from £3,000 upwards depending on the humanist service you want. You should factor in the specific costs of the funeral and the celebrant’s fees which are usually between £150 and £300. Please see our price list for all our itemised fees. If you want something not shown in our standard price list, just ask us - we will find a price for you.

If you have any questions please get in touch by calling 01424 436 386 or emailing us at or fill in our contact form in the footer below. One of our friendly and experienced team will and we'll do our best to answer any queries or concerns you may have.

What makes a good funeral?

Of all the decisions you have to make about the funeral, one of the most important for the success of the ceremony is 'who is going to conduct the service?' If you are, or the person who has died was, a member of a particular church family or faith group the decision will be easy - you will invite your own minister, priest, rabbi, imam etc.