First impressions

Charles Cowling

 

By Richard Rawlinson

You want celebrants to say good things well, but how do you want them to dress? If you’re opting for a civil funeral, do you want them business-like in a dark suit or to join in any sartorial theme requested by the departed? If you’re opting for a religious funeral, do you prefer traditional vestments or those favoured by the more progressive clergy?

 

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Phoebe Hoare
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Phoebe Hoare

Well you’re right about me dressing up for the occasion! Cigar one is my favourite, but the others just don’t do it for me I’m afraid. I think another dissertation needs to be written about clergy and celebrant wear at modern funerals; reveals a lot about who we are and what we aspire to be…or not to be!

Richard
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Richard

And I had you down as a girl who enjoyed dressing up on occasion, Phoebe! Predictably, I like trad vestments (image 1), and priests who smoke cigars (2). I can’t take the final three seriously – ritual turned panto. But each to their own.

Phoebe Hoare
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Phoebe Hoare

Important point Richard…definitely no robes or suits for me! Casual all the way.

Evelyn
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Love the pics! Not sure what attire we who are on the frivolous end of the faith spectrum should adopt. I always wear fairly casual attire to visit families – it seems to put us all at ease and feel that we are on a level. However, on the day I wear smart – usually a suit. In a way it helps me adopt my role as ‘person at the front’. It is interesting though that many people do ask the question: what do you wear? Robes and vestments give an instant authority perhaps. They also confer respect in certain… Read more »

Belinda Forbes
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These are the vestments all those who are serious about their faith should be wearing:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/clips/p00f4f37/blackadder_miriam_margolyes/

Poppy Mardall
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Poppy Mardall

I like the inclusion of the cigar. Very James Bond. Is this part of the outfit?

Richard
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Richard

I found the ‘progressives’ images on badvestments.com – rainbow mitred bishopess and interfaith robe with…zip front.

Jon Underwood
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Brilliant photos, thank you.

I love the tree motif. Perhaps it could go even further like this? http://img.alibaba.com/img/pb/412/637/268/1285418890226_hz-cnmyalibaba-web3_58538.jpg