Many funeral directors regard celebrants as suppliers of an ancillary service. But for you the funeral ceremony is likely to be of the highest importance.

The quality of the ceremony will owe a great deal to the relationship you strike up with your celebrant and the quality of their work.

Your funeral director may show little interest in the funeral service itself. For them, the climax of the event is the arrival of the cortege.

Once there, they hand over and play no part in the funeral itself after they have got everyone seated.

Your celebrant will be at least as important to you, in the days leading up to the funeral, as your funeral director – probably more so.

That’s why you need to choose one yourself, and choose carefully.