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Suffolk Humanist group Ceremonies.

A Humanist Celebrant’s blog

Dead Interesting

From comments that have been made recently in online discussions and at meetings, it seems that some members and supporters don’t fully understand how the ceremonies that we provide relate to humanism in general. Someone wrote, “They’re just about making money”. This is my blog about death and funerals. It might help anyone who doesn’t understand why we do what we do, and it isn’t about making money; our fees have to cover all our expenses, as we’re not salaried like clergy.

Click here to read Dead Interesting.

Talking about baby-namings on BBC Radio Suffolk

Humanist Celebrant Margaret Nelson will be talking about baby-naming ceremonies on BBC Radio Suffolk. Not sure how long for – tune in before 11.30 to be sure. If you’re not in Suffolk or N Essex you can listen online.

Note: This has been changed from Tuesday 13th.

Humanist ceremonies – what are they like?

If you’ve heard a lot about Humanist ceremonies and would like to know more, come and hear about our religion-free baby-namings, weddings (for heterosexual and homosexual couples), and funerals. Plenty of time for questions.

Humanist funeral for young victim of reckless driver

Yesterday, our Celebrant David Mitchell conducted a Humanist funeral for Kate Wasyluk, one of the victims of Scott Nicholls, whose car struck Kate and her friends Emma (who was also killed) and Rebecca Harold, who were walking home from an evening out on 21 February. Nicholls has been charged with dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and driving without a licence.

Nearly 300 mourners attended the funeral at Ipswich Crematorium, where David described the incident as “utterly pointless, utterly random, utterly wasteful”.

Humanist confirmation in Norway – a rite of passage has come of age – Human-Etisk Forbund

Old news, but still good news. Can you imagine having a similar event here?

In Norway this spring (2007) over 10.000 youths aged 15 celebrated their Humanist confirmation. Keeping up a more than 50 years tradition they meet in concert halls and medieval castles, municipal cinemas and cultural centres, city halls and community houses. They gather in bigger and smaller towns all over the country.

Honeymoon is over for gay weddings | The Observer

We used to conduct gay weddings in Suffolk – by “we”, I mean our Ceremonies Team. When they introduced legal partnership ceremonies, the demand for Humanist ceremonies ceased abruptly. Now it looks like civil ceremonies are losing popularity too.

The number of gay weddings has plummeted by more than 50 per cent in the past year. Civil partnerships became legal for homosexuals in December 2005, allowing them to acquire the same sorts of tax and pension rights as straight married couples.

What funerals are for

When funerals were all (or almost all) conducted by clergy, at least you knew what you’d be getting: a load of old cobblers about being with Jesus and anyone who’d pre-deceased the deceased; the Lord’s Prayer; two or three dreary hymns; and so on. Many clergy did the same funeral for everyone. Some even forgot whose funeral they were doing and got the name wrong. It was all very predictable and irrelevant.

Oh how we laughed!

By email:

‘I am currently having my will updated (in Suffolk) and mention that I want a Humanist celebrant for my funeral. In the draft the solicitors have written that I want a “humorous celebrant”. Can it be true!!!’

We aim to please, but can’t guarantee any laughs.