What is a Certified Funeral Celebrant?

If you find yourself asking this question, you are not alone.  Certified Funeral Celebrants are a fairly new concept in this area of the country, and heck, fairly new to the entire country at large.  This concept began in Australia  where cremation is a common form of disposition.  Just because they choose to cremate, Aussie folks don’t scrimp on the ceremony regarding a death.  Conversely, they have involved processes that surround the viewing, ceremony and lunching that is expected to celebrate every person’s life. Continue reading

Cremations and Religious Traditions

Among the many questions that are associated with cremation, one that is frequently encountered involves religious aspects. While the rules and recommendations from each religious group vary greatly, many people are surprised to find that cremation is generally well-accepted among the most common world religions.

As far as most Christian religions are concerned, cremation is deemed an acceptable form of disposition. The main concern for most Christians is what happens before and after the cremation. Catholics prefer that the body be present during the Mass of Christian Burial or the Blessing Service that takes place before the cremation. After the cremation has taken place, Catholics teach that the cremated body should be buried in a grave or placed in a niche in a columbarium at a cemetery. Continue reading