A Civil Funeral is a funeral driven by the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased and their family, not by the beliefs or ideology of the person conducting the funeral. It sits between a religious service and a humanist funeral.

The Institute of Civil Funerals (IoCF) was established to promote the quality of Civil Funeral ceremonies in the UK, through the professional development of Celebrants and the ongoing monitoring and regulation of their work in delivering Civil Funeral ceremonies.

This web site provides information for:

  • those seeking to arrange a civil funeral,
  • funeral professionals, such as Funeral Directors,
  • those seeking to join the IoCF, including information on how to train and obtain the Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy,
  • existing members of the IoCF.

We explain what is involved in arranging a Civil Funeral, how to find a Celebrant, the history of this form of ceremony and how funeral professionals can work with IoCF members.

We detail what is involved in becoming a Civil Funeral Celebrant and there is additional information and support documentation for members.

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