Why humanist funerals are growing in popularity

Reader's Digest Editors

Although the majority of funerals in the UK are traditional, the number of non-religious services is on the rise, reflecting a change in our society

16 years ago when the 2001 government census was taken, 7.7 million people regarded themselves as non-religious. Yet when the most recent 2011 government census was taken seven years ago in 2011, this figure had almost doubled to 14 million people regarding themselves as non-religious.

You don’t have to call yourself a humanist to have a humanist funeral; many people choose this as their funeral option simply because they do not have any religious beliefs.

What is a humanist funeral?

A humanist funeral is a very personal ceremony to remember the person who has passed away and say a final goodbye. The service will generally include kind words about the person’s life, readings from loved ones, music and a moment of silence allowing loved ones a short period to reflect on the life of the person who passed away.

The recent 2017 ‘Cost of Dying’ report from SunLife has uncovered that as a nation, we are still hesitant to discuss death and, staggeringly, only one per cent of people who have organised a funeral in the last four years were actually aware of their loved one’s wishes.

Of all people surveyed, 53 per cent of people said it would have been easier to organise their loved ones funeral if they had taken the time to have a discussion with them about dying and death.

How to plan a humanist funeral

Reader’s Digest work in association with Golden Charter, one of the UK’s leading funeral plan providers,1 to bring you a range of flexible, affordable funeral plans that can ease the financial–and emotional–pressures on loved ones at what can be a difficult time

Golden Charter have already helped more than half a million people with their funeral arrangements, and recent research indicated that Golden Charter’s customers are more likely to recommend Golden Charter to friends and family, compared with customers of other funeral plan providers2.

Act now and save £200!

Due to the rising cost of funerals, plan prices will increase by £200 on April 1, 2018–so by acting now, you can save £200 and beat the price rise*.

To find out more and request a free, no-obligation guide to funeral plans provided by Golden Charter, complete your details here.

1For further details see goldencharter.co.uk/legal-disclaimer

2Based on independent research by CJM Research on plan holders’ levels of satisfaction between July and September 2017 (sample size 759).

*Excludes Value Funeral Plan and Basic/Basic Plus Plans