By now, you know that Funeral Celebrants meet with families to create and officiate personalized Funerals, Memorials, Remembrances, Graveside Services and Celebrations of Life. This blog post is about what most Celebrants do NOT offer.
Cremations and Burials – A Licensed Funeral Director will handle everything to do with the body of the deceased. This would include embalming if there is a viewing, cremation, standard burial or green burial.
Sell Coffins or Urns – Most Funeral Homes sell caskets and urns. You can also purchase these items online.
Caregiving at End-of-Life – This service is provided by Hospice, Palliative Care and/or an EOL Doula.
11th Hour Vigil Volunteer – Most Hospices in the Denver area provide this service. Someone will watch over your loved one who is nearing the end of their life. Swedish Hospital has a program called No One Dies Alone providing bedside volunteers to those who may not have family present.
Grief Counselor – I am not a professional counselor. However, I do listen compassionately and empathetically when families share the stories of their loved ones.
Write Wills or Estate Planning – This is done by an Attorney who specializes in Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning. The laws are different in each state. If you move to another state or country – you will most likely need to change your documents according to local law.
Funeral Celebrants are not in competition with Funeral Homes, Crematoriums, Cemeteries, Clergy, Rabbis, Priests, Reverends, Ministers or Pastors. Recently, a family asked their Funeral Director if he could recommend someone to officiate a non-denominational, spiritual service in his funeral home. He replied, “Well, we have someone who can make announcements, but you’re on your own for finding someone to officiate.” Fortunately, they found me online and I officiated in the chapel of that funeral home. I am the only Independent Full-Time Funeral Celebrant in Denver, Colorado. I specialize solely in highly personalized Funerals, Celebrations of Life, Memorials, Remembrances and Graveside Services. I don’t officiate weddings and I am not employed by a corporation. In Denver, currently, there are only a handful of Celebrants. We all learn from each other and do not view ourselves as competition.
Anita Larson is a Ceremony Leader and Officiant who blogs about her experiences with Celebrations of Life. Providing uncommon ideas and encouraging her readers to "Think Outside the Coffin®" when planning a Fabulous Farewell.