Celebrant Or Clergy Member - Which Should I Choose And Why?

By: Brian K. Daly
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

All funerals require a celebrant or a clergy member to complete the last rights and offer some words of wisdom. They’re an integral aspect of the funeral process, which is why many family members take some time to choose the right one. At Ocean County Cremation Service, we’re often asked whether a celebrant or a clergy member is a good choice. Here are some factors to consider:

Choosing a Celebrant

A celebrant is a trained professional with no ties to any religious denomination. They are licensed and authorized to conduct weddings or funerals; this which means you will get good services from them. A celebrant is a right choice for flexible, customized or personal funerals because they don’t follow strict religious processes.

These professionals are ideal for non-religious or casual funeral ceremonies, especially after cremation. They will take your preferences into consideration and create a ceremony that offers a lot of solace to grieving family members.

Choosing A Clergy Member

Clergy members belong to a particular religious denomination so they will perform funerals according to religious rules. They offer spiritual comfort and guidance, using the wisdom in holy scriptures to assist grieving individuals. Religious funerals must be carried out in a set fashion so they’re not flexible or customizable.

Clergy members are a good option if the decedent or their family members are spiritual or religious. In the end, the choice depends on your or the decedent’s personal beliefs and requirements. Both the clergy member and celebrant will do their best to offer comfort as well as some advice on grieving.

If you want to know more about choosing a celebrant or clergy member or want to arrange for a service, contact us at Ocean County Cremation Service today. We’ll be happy to help.

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