Funeral Planning | Top Ten Tips

Funeral Planning | Top Ten Tips

There are many things to think about when planning a funeral. Humanist funeral celebrant Adele Chaplin has created her top ten tips for funeral planning to help you navigate the process.


Adele Chaplin is a humanist funeral celebrant based in Ipswich.  You can follow Adele on Facebook.

Adele Chaplin by Ruth Leach Photography
Adele Chaplin by Ruth Leach Photography

Humanist funerals

Humanist funerals and memorials are non-religious ceremonies that support family and friends to mourn and to celebrate the person who has died. They focus on the life they led, the relationships they forged, and the legacy they left. They are based on the humanist perspective that every life is individual and valuable.

Funerals conducted by humanist celebrants are both a celebration of a life and a dignified, personal farewell. They’re the perfect option for families who want a sincere, personal reflection on the life of their loved one.


Visit the Humanists UK website to find out more about Humanism and take our short quiz to see if you have humanist values.

Find your local celebrant

If you’re looking for a humanist celebrant to help you plan your funeral or that of a loved one, you can find your local celebrant on our online map.


Further resources

What is a humanist funeral?

Humanist memorial ceremonies

What makes a good funeral?

Planning a funeral during lockdown

Funeral ceremony ideas and inspiration

Poems for funerals during lockdown

Poems of love for a humanist funeral

Uplifting and humorous poems for a humanist funeral

Frequently asked questions

Planning your own funeral

It’s time to talk about your funeral wishes

Your humanist celebrant will write a unique script.

Find thoughtful ways to create a unique ceremony.