One of the first decisions you will make when organising a funeral is whether to choose a minister or civil celebrant for the event.

If the deceased was a member of a religious group, you will probably want to contact their priest or minister. Once they are informed that a death has occurred, the funeral director will liaise with them to officiate at the funeral.

Celebrants are experienced at working with families to plan a funeral that reflects the deceased’s life and beliefs. Your funeral director will be able to recommend a celebrant that suits your requirements – or work with a celebrant of your choosing, or even a family member or friend.

Whether you select a minister or celebrant, you will be able to work together in planning details such as the funeral’s format, music, eulogy, decorations, order of service and any additional events.