One funeral celebrant’s response to the coronavirus pandemic

One funeral celebrant’s response to the coronavirus pandemic

During the lockdown, following a bereavement, people are no longer able to gather to offer their condolences and pay their respects in the usual way. Some families may decide to live-stream the funeral ceremony using a webcam at their local crematorium, while others may choose an online memorial ceremony to bring people together – not in one place, but at least all at the same time. Other families may decide to hold a memorial service at a later date.

Humanist funeral celebrant Cate Quinn has made a short video explaining what you can do before, during, and after a bereavement, to say a meaningful and dignified goodbye to a loved one during the lockdown.


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Cate Quinn is based in Knaresborough and conducts non-religious wedding and funeral ceremonies in North Yorkshire and online.

Further information

Humanist funerals and memorials are suitable for anyone who would be most appropriately remembered with a personal, non-religious ceremony.

In a humanist funeral, the emphasis is always fully and completely on the deceased – the life they led, the relationships they forged, and the legacy they have left behind.

For more information about humanist funerals, visit our FAQ page or watch this short video.

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