Like any ceremony, there is usually an emcee or a person that leads a funeral service. If you are considering having a non-religious funeral ceremony, you could have a funeral director help facilitate the funeral service, instead of a religious priest or pastor.
Funeral directors officiate a range of formal ceremonies in the community. Such ceremonies range from weddings, baby naming, anniversaries, wedding vow renewals and commitment ceremonies. But unlike the case for officiating marriages, officiating a funeral has no required legal registration. Therefore, you may find that funeral directors practice as a generalist while waiting for approval for their marriage celebrancy licence.
That being the case, you could elect anyone to officiate the funeral service, be it a family member, friend or an acquaintance. But it could be a difficult and emotional time for the person, depending on his or her relationship with the deceased loved one. So you may wish to alleviate some of the worry to an experienced funeral celebrant instead.
Regardless of whether you opt for a funeral director, pastor, priest, family member or friend, there is no right or wrong way to have a funeral. Ultimately, the funeral service is an expression of respect for the deceased. Having a funeral celebrant conduct the service will give you the most freedom to make any expression you want, without confronting religious constrictions and minimising burden on family and friends. So ask a dedicated Melbourne’s funeral director for a recommendation.