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Commentary

A secular funeral

The person who had died would have called herself a humanist. She was in many ways a lovely person and always concerned to be fair and just in all her dealings, and a person to whom we owed a great deal as a family.

John Benton

Originally, the plan was for the funeral to be conducted by a member of the Humanist Society, but as it turned out it was simply a civil ceremony. The waiting room at the crematorium in which we assembled prior to the ceremony in early September had a sentence etched in the glass of the large window which read: ‘There is only one religion although there are many expressions of it.’ In this case it would mean avoiding any reference to God altogether.