Beliefs about death and dying, and life after death

Humanists are non-religious. They follow the principle that this life is the only one we have and therefore, when you are dead, there is no moving on to another one.

Funerals and ceremonies

The focus of a Humanist funeral is on celebrating the life of the person who has died; stories are shared and memories recalled, and their favourite music may be played. 

The funeral can be led by friends and family who may be supported by a celebrant. 

The ceremony will be tailored to meet the family’s wishes rather than following a set pattern.

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