A celebrant is a person who conducts the major ceremonies in our lives – baby naming, weddings, funerals, memorials.
Traditionally, these have been led by religious figures. There have also been Humanist ceremonies for atheist and agnostic people.
More recently a new tradition has emerged. These independent celebrants (sometimes called civil celebrants) place the emphasis on the requests of the family and friends. This means that the ceremony can be completely non-religious or can include a prayer, a favourite hymn or other spiritual elements according to your beliefs.
This new tradition means that people are more free to decide how these significant moments in our lives should be marked.
I trained as a funeral celebrant and so I conduct funerals and memorials. I can also lead baby naming ceremonies but I don’t currently perform weddings.