If a service is held in a church, often the clergy will
officiate. If the clergy did not know your loved one, or if the service is held
elsewhere, you may want to consider hiring a professional celebrant. A
celebrant is trained to work closely with a family to craft a eulogy that
beautifully captures the life of the individual and gives guests a better
understanding of what was most meaningful to your loved one.
A celebrant will spend time with your family, asking questions
and gathering personal details. He or she will then use the information,
personal stories and memories to create and deliver a tribute that encompasses
everything family and friends loved about that person. The opportunity to work with a celebrant
allows your family to play a significant role in planning a tribute that is
focused on remembrance and healing. If you are interested in working with a
celebrant, speak with your funeral director. He or she may be a celebrant or
they may have one on staff. If not, they may know of celebrants within the
community for you to contact.