Today, many families find themselves distanced from formal religion. However, there are those who simply seek more from a funeral than what a "traditional" religious service typically offers. Families want to honor the life of the deceased in a manner best suited to the life they lived.

Using a certified funeral celebrant is a wonderful alternative or supplement to a "traditional" religion-based funeral ceremony. Celebrants work directly with funeral directors to customize funeral services. A funeral celebrant will describe different aspects of the deceased's life, passions, principals, interests and beliefs—creating a personalized ceremony unique to each person's life.

The celebrant service can be performed in conjunction with or following the vigil service at the funeral home, prior to leaving for church or synagogue services, at the cemetery following committal rites or at the family repast.