Trying to Decide whether to have a church funeral or a non- religious life celebration? 

Deciding whether to have a church funeral or a non-religious life celebration ultimately depends on personal and cultural beliefs, traditions, and wishes of the deceased and their family. Here are some possible pros and cons of each:

Church funeral:


  • Offers a sense of familiarity and comfort to those who belong to the religious community of the deceased.
  • Provides an opportunity for members of the community to come together to offer support and condolences to the family.
  • Can include religious rituals and prayers that provide comfort and meaning to those who believe in them.
  • May offer the deceased a sense of continuity with an eternal life, belief in resurrection, or their religion's afterlife.


  • May not reflect the beliefs or wishes of the deceased or their family who may not be religious or belong to a different faith.
  • Could exclude people who don't share that particular religion or belief system.
  • May not provide enough personalization or flexibility.
  • Can be more expensive than a non-religious life celebration.

Non-religious life celebration:


  • Provides an opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of the deceased in a more personalized and unique way that reflects their personality, beliefs, and values.
  • Allows the family to create a more meaningful ceremony that honors the deceased's life.
  • Can include music, poetry, artwork, and other meaningful elements that reflect the deceased's interests and passions.
  • Can welcome a broad range of attendees without excluding anyone based on religion or beliefs.
  • Generally less expensive than a church funeral.


  • May not offer the same level of spiritual or religious comfort to the family or attendees who may be more comfortable with traditional religious rituals and practices.
  • Can be harder to plan and execute.
  • Could cause anxiety or disappointment for family members who expect a more traditional religious funeral.

Ultimately, it's important for the family to weigh their preferences, beliefs, and expectations before making a decision on which type of ceremony to have. They may also consult with a funeral director or a religious leader to explore the available options and customize the ceremony to accommodate various needs and wishes.

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