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.
The Suffolk Humanist team of Celebrants provided baby-namings, weddings and funerals in Suffolk and N E Essex from 1991 until 2015, as well as civic and other public ceremonies. We’re no longer able to offer a service covering Suffolk and N E Essex due to retirement, though we may be able to help with a few funerals in the Colchester and Ipswich areas. However, we can help those who want to have a DIY ceremony. Get in touch for more information.
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.
To find a Humanist Celebrant in any part of the UK see the Humanists UK website.