Humanist Memorial Services

Celebrant-Memorial-SliderBirth, marriage, death. Celebrants are asked to assist at life’s big transitions. Celebrating a child or a marriage tend to be light, happy occasions, despite the anxieties and stresses of planning. The death of a loved one, however, generates anxiety and stress without the compensatory lightness. Ideally, the celebrant brings calm to the storm. All it takes is a little planning and a lot of empathy.

This course introduces Humanist Celebrants to the process of working with families in order to plan memorial services from a Humanist perspective.

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by Rev. Dr. David Breeden

Rev. Dr. David Breeden began his service as Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Society in August 2013. He holds an MFA degree from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a PhD from the the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School. Prior to joining at First Unitarian, Breeden was the first settled minister at the Minnesota Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bloomington, MN.