Celebrant or Clergy Member, which Should I Choose?

By: Greg Hurd
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The officiant who conducts the funeral service provides emotional support and comfort to everyone present, which is why it’s important to choose one carefully. Many people are torn between a clergy member and celebrant and don’t know who would be suitable for the job. Here are some suggestions that will help you make the right decision regarding the officiant:

What is a Celebrant?

Celebrants are authorized and certified officiants that don’t follow any particular religious rituals and guidelines. They conduct the ceremony as per the family’s and the decedent’s wishes and offer advice on how the service should progress. A celebrant can be a good choice for a number of people because they provide several benefits:

  • Celebrants offer a more flexible and personalized service as they don’t have to follow a set religious ritual.
  • They work with the family and take the next-of-kin’s wishes into consideration while planning the ceremony.
  • They can design a ceremony that focuses on the life and accomplishments of the decedent.

What is a Clergy Member?

Clergy members belong to a particular religious order and must follow the rituals prescribed by the religion for the funeral service. While clergy members can plan a unique and personalized service, they’re restricted by their religious requirements. However, there are some benefits of choosing a clergy member:

  • Spiritual and religious people will find comfort and solace in a ceremony performed by a clergy.
  • The funeral ceremony doesn’t require a lot of planning because the outline and format is familiar.

The choice depends on the decedent’s wishes and the wishes of the family. If the decedent didn’t want a religious ceremony, the family should choose a celebrant. If they were a religious person, a clergy member would be a better idea.

If you want to know more about funeral services and other details, don’t hesitate to call us at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home. We’ll be happy to help. 

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