Compassionate & Meaningful
REV. DR. SHE´ D"MONTFORD
MAGICKAL MARRIAGE CELEBRANT
The Rev. Dr. She` D`MONTFORD is available to officiate at Pagan funeral services. She` has several services that she uses that you can chose from or as is more common She` can write an individual one that includes a personal Pagan eulogy and Pagan chants. Dr. D`MONTFORD is not a funeral director, nor a mortician, however she is happy to use her experience to assist members of the Pagan community wherever possible with these arrangements. To which she has compiled the following information.
FUNERAL FACT SHEET
When you are in the throws of experiencing bereavement it is difficult to make decisions. Trying to organise a Pagan ceremony may appear more stressful but it does not need to be. Most funeral directors are supportive of Pagan services and are trained to be sensitive to your needs. Having a few facts at your fingertips may help to them help you through this emotional time.
This fact sheet has been compiled to assist you and your funeral director in organising a Pagan funeral service that best suits your beliefs, needs and budget. It may be useful to print this sheet and give it to your Funeral director to read with you options and choices clearly highlighted.
What is a Pagan Funeral Service?
Here is a 10 min condensed clip of a pagan funeral service in a standard funeral home
Like any other funeral service, a Pagan funeral involves interring the body of the departed according to their and their family`s deeply held beliefs. Pagan services often, but not always, involve chanting, drumming, readings and ceremonies that reflect ideas about reincarnation, rebirth and regeneration. They are often hope filled and seldom morbid and do not involve any aspects of Satanism. Satanism is not Paganism. Satanism is in inverted form of Christianity. For more general information on Paganism being essentially a nature honouring religion please refer to the many articles on the internet or good books available.
Common Pagan funeral chant: -
We all come from the Mother
And to her we shall return
Like a drop of rain
Flowing to the ocean.
Sage and Crone, Sage and Crone,
Wisdom's gift shall be our own.
Crone and Sage, Crone and Sage,
Wisdom is the gift of age.
We all come from the Father
And to him we shall return
Like a spark of flame
Rising to the open sky
Hoof and horn, hoof and horn
All that dies shall be reborn
Corn and grain, corn and grain
All that falls shall rise again
Planing a Pagan Funeral.
It always has less impact on the family if a funeral is planned whilst the person is still alive and can have some input. That way the individual can be interred according to their deepest held beliefs. Do not be afraid of discussing funeral arrangements with a person who knows they are dying, It is not morbid it is necessary. They are often stronger and more mentally prepared than those loving grieving relatives who survive them.
Pre-arranged funerals differ from pre-paid funerals in that no money is paid ahead of time. You discuss your preferences with a funeral director who can record your wishes for future use.
There Are 4 Main Types Of Pagan Funerals
When a person dies, the death must be confirmed by a doctor who completes a medical certificate of cause of death. This has to be sent to the Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages so that a Death Certificate can be issued. There is legislation that individuals must comply with in order to arrange a funeral without the services of a funeral director. When a death occurs at home the funeral arrangements will need to be arranged through a funeral director (because they can correctly store and prepare the body to be placed in a coffin). When a death occurs in hospital, it may not be necessary to use a funeral director to make the necessary arrangements. If the hospital has a morgue (not just a holding room) they will prepare the body to be placed in a coffin (where possible) so relatives who provide a coffin can collect the body. It is advisable to be aware of what must be done before the time the arrangements are required to be made, as the body must be removed from a hospital within 5 days of death.
The person responsible for organising the funeral (usually the next-of-kin or close friend) is also responsible for all funeral costs. Funeral costs can vary considerably from one funeral director or cemetery to another. It pays to shop around and get three written quotes before making your decision.
Pre-paid Funeral Plans
A pre-paid funeral plan allows you to purchase your funeral in advance. Advantages are that you organise and pay for the type of funeral you want and thus relieve relatives of the financial burden. It is also possible to maximise your pension entitlement, as money paid into a funeral plan is not subject to Centrelink`s income or assets test or deemed earnings rule.
These are similar to life insurance policies in that you accumulate funds to be used to pay for your funeral. They are only payable upon death and must be used for funeral expenses. It is the family or executor`s responsibility to organise and pay any additional costs towards your funeral. Funeral bonds up to $5000 are exempt from Centrelink`s assets test.
More often than not the costs of a funeral are payable on or before the day of the funeral.
After the funeral service, many people hold a "Wake" to remember and generally relieve the tension caused by the recent events. It can be a simple family matter or something arranged by the funeral director. Wakes can often be large affairs after Pagan funerals. Some of the options are:
Whatever you do make sure you are comfortable with and can afford the arrangements.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Some of these facts contained in this fact sheet were compiled by the COMBINED PENSIONERS AND SUPERANNUANT ASSOCIATION OF NEW SOUTH WALES INC. and was last updated January 2005.
A Pagan Funeral (Passing Over)
Hopefully you remember me! My name is Sam, and you married me and my husband Steve on June 28th 2008. I just wanted to say thanks. After 1 year of marriage, everything is going well. In fact, I recall you saying at our rehearsal (after you saw the koala in the park) that it was a good sign. Well, I'm happy to say that in the year since the wedding, Steve has managed to get a job (not 3 months after the wedding!), we've moved into a really nice house, and I am currently 17 weeks pregnant! All is going well, and we're really hoping to have a girl. We'll find out in a few weeks. Do you do naming days at all? (I SURE DO!)
Well, I hope all is well with you and yours.
Sam and Steve
It's Tracey and Garth here. we just wanted to thank you so much for performing our wedding in May. I was a little shy and nervous that day, I didn't get a chance to ask you to stay and thank you for a great ceremony. Our guest enjoyed themselves totally. I am very great full and blessed to marry a great guy and have our wedding how we wanted, so thank you so much. I attached a two pics of ceremony Click Here 1 & 2, to see the picture that Tracey and Garth have shared
Tracey & Garth
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