Celebrants are becoming more and more popular for memorials after cremation services in New Orleans, LA. But what is a celebrant? And what can one do for you or your loved one’s service, especially if your loved one was in the military?
A celebrant is a qualified Master of Ceremonies that helps to officiate funeral and memorial services by planning, overseeing, and carrying out the proceedings. They can host both religious and non-religious funerals. They are called celebrants because most people aim for the funeral service to be a celebration of the deceased’s life.
This celebratory approach puts more emphasis on a life well lived, unique traits, and special memories rather than grief and loss. A celebrant can help you craft unique services with substance, personalization and meaning. Celebrants can be very helpful when planning a service for a military member. Serving in the military is a life-changing and selfless commitment, and a celebrant can help honor that commitment through a memorial or funeral service.
Celebrants usually work with a representative from the deceased’s branch of the armed forces to make sure that the ceremony or service is an accurate representation of the brand and the appropriate military honors are used. A celebrant can also officiate the military service ceremony at the memorial or funeral as the bereaved wish. You should hire a celebrant if you want someone to take charge of hosting and speaking during the funeral. Celebrants are more flexible and open to new things that traditional funeral hosts like ministers or priests, so you can add more customization to the service.
A celebrant can also help you come up with ideas for this customization. This help can be very meaningful during a difficult time of loss. While most funeral homes and cremation providers can recommend a celebrant, it’s a good idea to also do some research on your own. Make a list of possibilities, do some Googling, then call each one to get your questions answered. If you need more information, feel free to meet with your options in person to get a better feel for what they can bring to the table.
During your first meeting with a potential celebrant, explain what kind of funeral you want, and how much you’d like him to be involved in the proceedings. Remember, your funeral celebrant is there to help you, and should therefore be willing to work with you to develop the funeral services you want. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, as the right celebrant will be more than willing to help in any way he can.
Hiring a celebrant is an out-of-the-box way to make sure your loved one’s funeral or service is unique, celebratory, and respectful, especially when it comes to military honors.
Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home offers a range of New Orleans, LA cremation services and can best advise you on how to proceed with a military service with or without a celebrant. Call or visit us today to learn more about what we can do for you in your time of loss.