There have been rite of passage ceremonies since antiquity to mark the significant events in our lives – birth, the transition from childhood to adulthood, marriage, and death. These ceremonies have varied according to the customs and beliefs of the time. Religion has no special claim to them, and an increasing number of people are choosing ceremonies free from religion.
A Suffolk Humanist funeral and a Suffolk Humanist welcoming ceremony feature in the ‘Why Atheism?’ DVD by Team Video Productions for schools, available from the National Secular Society. The DVD also features young people talking about religion, and their rejection of it. We recommend it for secondary schools’ RE lessons.