Humanist Funeral of Prof. Godfrey Wettinger, at the University of Malta
The loss of a loved one can be painful and sometimes unexpected, and while the occasion may be a sad one, it can still be a beautiful way to remember the person who died, and a fitting and personal way to make our farewell to one who lived without religion.
A Humanist funeral focuses on the person, on their life and their loves and passions, their friends and family who will retain and cherish these memories.
Unlike weddings and baby namings, funerals allow little time for preparation but the celebrant will meet with the family of the deceased to get to know him or her, to create a ceremony that is deeply personal and meaningful to the friends and family who knew the deceased best.
A funeral director or undertaker will typically take care of most practical matters related to burial, including casket, hearse, flowers, printed mementoes, and similar matters.
Alternatives to Burial
Cremation is not currently available in Malta, although it is possible to make arrangements for this to take place abroad.
Some people choose to bequeath their body to help with medical research, in which case a Humanist ceremony can be held without the body being present.