Wednesday, 21 August 2013

UK Society of Celebrants Newsletter - August 2013

Hello everyone

Welcome to the UK Society of Celebrant Newsletter – August 2013
It appears many of you have been keeping busy during the recent good weather. We have had lots of good feedback from clients regarding our Family, Funeral & Civil Celebrants. A big shout out and welcome to our New Members who once again have been joining us at a faster rate than we have previously encountered. This would not be possible without the dedication and professionalism shown by you all – Thank You!

Celebrant Training

Due to the renewed popularity of our Distance Learning Celebrant Training Courses, we have now withdrawn the Personal Tuition Celebrant Training Courses. Personal Tuition Celebrant Training will continue to be available ONLY to new Franchise applicants. Your comments regarding the provision of Celebrant Training are always welcome

Celebrant Tales

Many thanks for all the entries to our “Celebrant Tale” competition. Robin Weston from Worksop is the winner for July 2013 and he has already received his £25 Amazon voucher for the following tale. Thanks Robin.

Everyone was dismayed that Richard had died. A popular man, he had left Dawn, his wife, strict instructions in his will for his wake to be a jolly boozy and happy affair: A celebration of his life. To this end Richard had left £25,000 in his will for the party. 

As the guests caught their taxis at the end of the wake, Dawn was asked by her close friend, Alice, if she thought that Richard would have been pleased. 'Well, I'm sure Richard would have been delighted,' Dawn murmured. 

'I'm sure you're right,' replied her friend, Alice, who lowered her voice and leaned in close. 'How much did all this really cost?'

'All of it,' opined Dawn, 'every penny of twenty-five thousand pounds.' 

'What!' exclaimed Alice in a higher than normal voice, 'I mean, it was very nice, but £25,000?' 

Dawn took a deep breath and answered, 'Look, Alice, let me explain: the funeral cost £4,500. I donated £500 to the Hospice. The wake, food and drinks were another £2,500. The rest went on the memorial stone.' 

Alice worked out the arithmetic in her head, 'Eh?' she exploded for a second time, '£17,500 for a memorial stone? My goodness, how big is it?' 

Dawn shows Alice her ring finger, 'Oh about 12 carats,' she smiled!!!”

An old one but still a good one. Anyone wishing to submit their “Celebrant Tale” for next month’s newsletter must do so by or on 15th September 2013. A £25 Amazon Voucher will be awarded to the winning Celebrant.

UKSoC Go Mobile

If you are minded, please have a browse round the UK Society of Celebrants website. We have now produced a version of the website for mobile devices & listed all of our related blogs under “BLOG”. It is our intention to run a series of regular resource articles on each of our blogs, relevant to each area of Celebrancy practice.

Any constructive feedback related to our site at is encouraged as we are constantly developing the site for our valuable members and prospective members alike.
Guest Writers

Once again, invitations are extended to you all to submit celebrant related articles/ guest blogs / editorial for inclusion in either our newletters or blogs. Of course, all submissions, when published online will be “back linked” to you and you will be given credit on the post.


The Complete Celebrant series of publications highlighted in the June Newsletter that was due for release on 1st September, has had the release date put back to 15th September. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone. Your planned bedtime reading will need to be put on hold for a short while

That’s it for this month. Until next Time. Be Well.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Why Secular Ceremonies?

Having attended many Wedding, Naming and Funeral Ceremonies over the years, the realisation dawned,  that all the ceremonies followed pretty much the same formulae. By merely changing the names of all parties concerned, each ceremony could have been for anyone. This fact was suprising as each event should be meaningful, special and personal to the people concerned and their guests.

All of the above ceremonies also contained a significant element of "religion" and "ritual" despite the fact that at best everyone concerned were inactive in any religion. I looked further in to this phenomenon and found that in the UK (often described as a Christian Country) over 60% of the adult population practised no religion at all, however, in the main people had certain values and morals that could be ascribed to any religion and appear to be normal practice amongst any civilised society.

As an atheist, I then examined the possibility of becoming an Independent Civil Celebrant, where I could help people devise and plan meaningful ceremonies personal to them - without recourse to any religion but keeping some elements of ritual which many people find appealing.

With the above in mind,  Ceremony UK was launched in association with the UK Society of Celebrants with the aim of providing a quality selection of like minded Independent Civil Celebrants across the UK, so that people who want bespoke, personal, meaningful ceremonies have a choice.

All practicing UK Society of Celebrants members have all received specialist celebrant training and have access to a wealth of resources to assist them and their clients produce a ceremony to remember (for all the right reasons). Clients may not practice a religion but may have developed an individual spirituality - we endeavour to encompass anyone's spirituality into our ceremonies but we steer clear of overt religious content / dogma / preaching.

We have found that when people realise they have complete control over their ceremonies, they tend to enjoy the freedom to express themselves with and through their celebrant. This results in their Love ~ Life ~ Loss Events becoming more special than the traditional prescriptive religious versions.

Please feel free to comment on this article. Any feedback - good or bad -  is welcome as it helps us to improve our service to those that matter - YOU!