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Ceremonial Duties


A funeral is to honor the departed and to comfort those who remain. More than any other ceremony, this may require acceptance of a spiritual element in the ceremony. It is probable that at least some of the mourners will believe in a Supreme Being, and they are as deserving of whatever comfort can be provided as are skeptics.

Funeral Ceremony

Apathetic Agnostic Church

Few times in life are more challenging than times of mourning. Death presents us with a universal unknown; an unknown into which we all must someday enter.

I stand here today with the family, friends, and loved ones of (deceased's name) so that we may remember times spent with him / her and honor his / her path through life.

Is there anyone that would like to step forward and share their memories and thoughts of (deceased's name)?"

(I would recommend ensuring beforehand that at least one person will come forward.)

* Be sure to shake the hand of / hug and thank each individual that speaks as they step down. Keep tissues on hand and don't be afraid to step forward and comfort those speakers that might break down.

"Thank you. I would like to leave you with the words of Lydia Maria Child:

'The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity all lie in the one word love. It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life.'"

(I would recommend having the family either chose from several quotes you provide, or provide a favorite quote of their own.)

*Optional depending on situation* "We will regather shortly at the (name) cemetery for a brief ceremony followed by a short reception at (name and address)."