The Funeral Celebrant | Stillbirth & Neonatal Death

  October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness month hence this post.   A Definition: Stillbirth refers to the death of a baby after 24 weeks of pregnancy but before birth. A miscarriage is the loss of a baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy. The medical profession describes stillbirth as either ‘intra-uterine’ or ‘intra-partum’. An Read more…

Wedding Celebrancy Commission | The Launch

The Wedding Celebrancy Commission has launched.  The UK Society of Celebrants is amongst its founder members. Celebrant Organisations and Training Providers Speaking With One Voice. There has never been a more exciting or challenging time to be a celebrant.   The growth in the industry, especially over the last 5 years, has been phenomenal as more Read more…

Demystifying The Funeral Industry | The Rules | Part 1

Unfortunately, the funeral industry has garnered a reputation over the years for taking advantage of mourners in order to add a few pounds to their sales. For, at the end of the day, funeral homes / mortuaries are businesses ‚ a concept that is often overlooked by the general public. They provide a needed service Read more…

Wedding Celebrant | Divorce Ceremonies

The purpose of a ceremony. We see the purpose of any ceremony, a wedding, a naming, a funeral, a divorce, as an opportunity to down-tools, gather round people that are passing through a recognised special moment in life and usher them through. To take them by the hand and walk them through the moment. There’s Read more…

Funeral Celebrant | Resomation | An overview

UKSOC Tutors and Celebrants at recent visit to Resomation Limited. Resomation: known as water cremation, is the new alternative to flame cremation and burial. Giving people a new choice at the end of life, water cremation is a gentler, environmentally friendly option that allows a natural process using water instead of flames.   End of Read more…

The Funeral Celebrant | Natural Burials | An Overview

Natural Burial in a wild flower meadow Natural Burial Grounds were pioneered in the UK. Natural burial is the interment of the body of a dead person in the soil in a manner that does not inhibit decomposition but allows the body to recycle naturally. It is an alternative to other contemporary Western burial methods. Overview Read more…

The Civil Celebrant | The Civil Circle of Life | Part 4 of 4

Farewells and Funerals A Mourning Flower The Circle of Life will, of course, turn and there will be times when we experience great sadness. When someone we love dies the initial shock and distress can be overwhelming. We are barely able to think or process information but during these most difficult days we are faced Read more…

Become a Civil Celebrant | Have you got what it takes?

Thought of becoming a Civil Celebrant? Becoming a Civil Celebrant is not a career choice for everyone. If you have had experience speaking in public or at least have no reservations with the prospect of speaking in public, this could be a career option for you. If you have access to and you are confident using Read more…

Wedding Celebrant | Your Guide to Handfasting

What is a Handfasting? A handfasting is an old Pagan custom, dating back to the time of the ancient Celts. A handfasting was originally more like an engagement period or betrothal, where two people would declare a binding union between themselves for a year and a day. The original handfasting was a trial marriage. It gave Read more…