Civil Funerals

What is a Civil Funeral?

Civil funerals are non-religious (or secular), although they may have some religious elements such as hymns or prayers. They allow for greater freedom to choose the content, style and location of the occasion, enabling it to fully reflect the person it is remembering and honouring.

The service can be held in a variety of settings, for example at a natural burial ground or in a crematorium, but cannot take place in a church or religious building. 

Anyone can conduct a civil funeral, but many people choose to enlist the help of a civil celebrant; a person qualified to officiate the service. A celebrant can also help with planning and organising the ceremony, offering advice and support to the bereaved.

What to Wear

Civil ceremonies can be held in a variety of locations and some will be more somber and formal than others. If a dress code has not been specified, wear smart clothing in muted colours. 

Charitable Donations and Flowers

It is increasingly common for donations to be made to a chosen charity in lieu of flowers. 

Further Information

If you would like to find out more, please visit:

Institute of Civil Funerals
The Natural Death Centre

Scroll to Top