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NON-RELIGIOUS FUNERALS
 

Choosing a ceremony that respect the taste, the desires and passions of the dead is a beautiful way to say goodbye.

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A last greeting, respecting the wishes of who we love

Religious, agnostic, atheist: everyone deals with mourning differently, but the need to pay our last respects to those who have left us all unites us. In Italy, unfortunately, the Catholic funeral still seems to be the only option even for nonreligious people. Instead, there is an alternative and it is called lay funeral. 

A ceremony that celebrates the person's life

Celebrant funerals are a comforting way to celebrate the life of the loved one who is no longer here with us. The ceremony is collective, but intimate and personal: there is time to share grief, there is time to remember and celebrate the deceased through readings, music, symbolic rites that respect his or her passions. The celebrant, with great empathy and sensitivity, is responsible for finding the right words and guiding family and friends in this emotional and unforgettable farewell.
 

Everywhere, but first of all in the heart

Where can a funeral be held? In Italy, municipalities are required to provide so-called "Sale del Commiato," but in the Lazio region there are still few of them. Some funeral homes have a private farewell room. Fortunately, there are no special requirements for holding a funeral: it can be held at home, in a private indoor or outdoor space (even a nice garden) and even after cremation or burial

Non-religious funerals

When to choose it

  • If the deceased person did not believe in any religion. 

  • If he leaves it expressly written in his will.

  • If the Catholic Church denies the deceased the funeral 


Where it can be done

  • In the farewell rooms made available by the municipalities. 

  • In the rooms made available by the funeral homes

  • Directly at the cemetery

  • At home or in a private garden if you have a large enough space

  • In a paid location 


As​ the ceremony takes place

After an interview with family and friends, the celebrant writes a personalized farewell ceremony. The funeral becomes a collective moment in which to remember together who is no longer with us, celebrating their life. There is space for music, readings, reflections and also for moments of spirituality. (But without God or religious dogmas).

How long does it last?
Being personalized, it can give as much as you want, especially in private spaces. 
The recommended duration is around 35 minutes. In the halls made available by the Municipalities, the time may not exceed 20 minutes. But don't worry about the weather. Better 20 minutes tailored than an hour equal for everyone :) 

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NON-RELIGIOUS
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SPREADING ASHES

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COMMEMORATIONS

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