HAVING written and delivered funeral services for the past six years, you would think local funeral celebrant Christine Ogden knew all there was to know about the role.
A member of the national council of the Institute of Civil Funerals, Christine, from Louth, has recently furthered her qualifications for carrying out funerals by being one of the first ten people in the UK to be awarded a diploma in Civil Funeral Celebrancy – the only award recognised by Ofqual as the national standard for the profession.
Funerals conducted by a celebrant have become more popular in the UK and most funeral directors now offer such funerals as an alternative to the traditional religious ceremonies.
However, there is no ban on religious content within the service and, in her role as a funeral celebrant, Christine works with the bereaved to produce a ceremony that is personal to them.
She said: “It is essential to capture the essence of the character of the person who has died in every aspect of the service: from the venue and the music played to what is said.
“The family is given an opportunity to check the full ceremony script beforehand to ensure every word is appropriate and relevant to them. It is a privilege to help people at such a difficult time.”
You can contact Christine on 01507 313164 or through your funeral director; find out more at www.iocf.org.uk.
“A funeral is a very significant event,” says Christine. “And families in Lincolnshire need to know that they will have a ceremony of guaranteed high standard when they entrust the funeral of their loved one to me.”