The Importance of a Good Funeral Officiant

The Musings of a Crematorium Worker

Whether a funeral is religious or non-religious, the person officiating the service plays a key role on the day.  They are the ones who have liaised with the family.  There are grey areas between the funeral director’s role and the officiant.  They both take care of the congregation and although the funeral director has ensured all the logistical side of things has been taken care of and they know what the service is to include, and possibly helped in getting the family in touch with the right person to lead the service, they hand over the service to the officiant on the day when everyone is seated.  So it is always good news if before a service you see the chapel attendant, the funeral director and the officiant all in the chapel together discussing what is about to take place inside the funeral, checking the music is all present and…

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