Celebrant Or Clergy Member, Which Should I Choose, And Why?

By: Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

When planning a funeral or memorial service, one of the decisions you will need to make is choosing a celebrant or a clergy member to lead the service. Our team at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home discusses the difference between a celebrant or clergy member and has provided guidance to help you decide which option is best for your loved one's service.

However, certain critical differences between the two may influence your decision. Ultimately, the decision will depend on your personal beliefs, preferences, and the deceased's wishes.

Celebrant Or Clergy Member?

Here are some key differences between the two that may influence your decision:

  • Religious Affiliation: A clergy member is a religious leader typically associated with a specific faith or denomination, such as a priest, minister, or rabbi. A clergy member may be best if your loved one is religious or belongs to a particular faith. On the other hand, if your loved one was not religious or did not practice any specific faith, a celebrant may be a more appropriate choice.
  • Personalization: Celebrants specialize in creating and leading personalized ceremonies that reflect the beliefs, values, and wishes of the deceased and their family. They will take the time to get to know the deceased and their family and create a unique and meaningful service. Clergy members may have limitations in terms of. personalization, as they must adhere to the traditions and beliefs of their faith.
  • Flexibility: Celebrants are typically more flexible in terms of the location and format of the service. They can conduct services in a variety of settings and can incorporate different elements, such as music, poetry, or other personal touches. Clergy members may have restrictions on where and how the service can be conducted.
  • Cost: The cost of a celebrant or clergy member may vary depending on their experience and location. Generally, celebrants tend to be less expensive than clergy members, as they are not affiliated with a particular religious organization.

It's essential to take the time to research and talk to a celebrant or clergy member to ensure that you find the right person to lead the service and honor your loved one's life and legacy.

Please get in touch with us at (928) 855-4949 or (928) 753-2555, or fill out the form below, and a member of the Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home staff will respond as soon as possible.

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