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. subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.