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January 23rd, 2011, 05:20 PM
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DH and I have been thinking about our funerals ever since his grandmother's passing a couple of weeks back. Neither one of us are religious. I have never been to a funeral that was not quoting scriptures and talking about heaven. What would an atheist funeral be like? I can see the service without God being mentioned. They can just talk about our lives, but who would preform the ceremony? If it is not a minister, priest, ect. then who?
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January 23rd, 2011, 07:25 PM
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Not all funeral homes have religious directors. Most FH directors can run a nonsectarian or non-religious service. My uncle's funeral was like that.
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January 23rd, 2011, 10:10 PM
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My family isn't religious either, so when my dad passed away we kind of had a hard time deciding who to have direct the funeral. We ended up choosing my sisters stepdad, although he is religious he was very professional and didn't involve religion during the service. As far as what they talked about, they had a few of his friends and his brother come up and speak about a good memory that had with him, and how he was a good person, then they did a slide show of pictures with the family and kids.
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January 24th, 2011, 11:17 AM
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Sort of off topic, but I get really uncomfortable at funerals. It is not because I am afraid of the whole death thing. It is because I do not know what to say, I start getting nervous, palms sweating and then it happens...I start to giggle.

It is SUPER embarrassing. Because there is this point of no return where it moves on to full on laughing. I am so ashamed!

Just thought I would share my one major quirky bit
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January 26th, 2011, 08:54 PM
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I told my husband I don't want religion mentioned at all during my ceremony. I don't even want anyone to orchestrate it so to speak. I want to be cremated so just get a bunch of my friends and family together, have lunch or something, and everything socialize and remember the good times.

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