1. Funerals will always be conducted to the highest possible standards of delivery and appropriateness and will attempt in every way to reflect the needs and wishes of the client.
2. The celebrant will base the tribute on factually correct information and will routinely draw on more than one source of information. Celebrants will regards seeking information from friends, colleagues etc. as normal
3. Celebrants will use their interviewing skills and literary ability to win the trust of clients and set down, in appropriate and correctly composed English, a text which celebrates and/or reflects a life with integrity and accuracy.
4. The celebrant should conduct the funeral ceremony calmly, audibly, and with dignity.
5. Members of the family or personal circle of the deceased will always be encouraged to participate if they so choose.
6. Funerals will always be delivered from a full written text, which will include any contributions from others. A Copy of this, including others’ contributions, will always be offered to the client.
7. Funerals will be based, wherever possible, on a face -to-face meeting with the client, which will normally be held in the client’s home. Celebrants should leave details of intended home visits with a relative or colleague in advance, for security purposes.
8. Celebrants will always arrange with the funeral director the order in which the celebrant, funeral director, coffin, family group and the mourners enter the chapel or process to the graveside.
9. Celebrants will not conceal the number of funerals they have conducted, and will refrain from telling clients about other funerals they have conducted.
10. At cremations, the celebrant will provide the relevant chapel staff with a music cue sheet or use another agreed method, enabling the prompt and appropriate use of music during the ceremony.
11. Celebrants will make clear to funeral directors and clients the type of ceremony that they offer.
12. Celebrants will not use their access to clients to promote products or paid services in any other occupation, or other interests, philosophies, religious beliefs or voluntary commitments they may have.
13. Funeral celebrants will seek to establish and maintain good working relationships with staff of local crematoria, local cemeteries and local funeral directors. As celebrants will often work to tight time scales they will liaise effectively and efficiently with funeral directors, cemetery and crematorium staff.
14. Celebrants will follow social custom in dress for formal occasions, but dressing wholly in black is not required as a matter of course. Clients will have the option of requiring the celebrant to dress in black.
15. Celebrants will be punctual when meeting with clients, funeral directors and crematorium or cemetery staff as well as when conducting funerals. If unforeseen or emergency events dictate the celebrant’s late or non-attendance, a colleague will be informed or the ceremony script forwarded to the venue, ensuring that every effort is made to provide emergency cover.