A Celebrant Service to Honor Your Loved One
At Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, it is our goal to provide the highest quality memorial service programs to our families. In conjunction with or in lieu of traditional funeral and cremation services, we are proud to offer the service of our Certified Funeral Celebrants. Click here to read stories by our Certified Celebrants.
Please see below for answers to some frequently asked questions:
What is a Celebrant Service?
It is a funeral ceremony that is conducted by a Certified Funeral Celebrant and is a very personal, humanistic "celebration of life." All aspects of the service celebrate your loved one's lifestyle and honor his or her spirit and faith. Celebrants are specially trained in leading all aspects of these services. Typical components of a Celebrant Service include eulogies, music, poems, and prayers.
Is a Celebrant Service right for my family?
Ideal candidates are families who may not have a strong affiliation with a particular church or religious congregation and would like a very personal and creative ceremony to honor their loved one. Celebrant Services may also be done in conjunction with clergy.
Where can a Celebrant Service take place?
Most Celebrant Services take place within our funeral homes, but they can also be held almost anywhere: a catering hall, hotel, restaurant, country club, park, beach, cemetery, or private residence. It can serve as the primary ceremony or take place during a visitation prior to a religious service.
What do I need to do?
Meet with one of our Certified Funeral Celebrants and review ceremony options step by step to create the service that will best capture your loved one's essence. During your time with our Funeral Celebrant, you'll share stories and begin selecting various service components such as music, poems, and prayers. Family members will be encouraged to participate in the process as much or as little as is appropriate for your family.
We are proud to introduce you to our Certified Celebrants:
Austin was born and raised in NJ. He spent time in the US Navy aboard the USS Constellation in San Diego, CA, working in several different fields in the service industry: food service, retail, television production, and recruiting. Austin has been with Bradley & Son Funeral Homes since 1995 contributing in varied roles until he found his true calling as a Funeral Celebrant/Tribute Planner. During his time away from his work, Austin plays amateur baseball in the NJABA for the Moose of Far Hills, NJ. He spends his down time rooting for the NY Yankees and the Chicago Bears, cooking, and taking care of his beloved Snowshoe cat "Mr. Chip." Read Austin's Celebrant Services story.
Jack is a Life-Cycle Celebrant, trained and certified through the Celebrant Foundation & Institute. In 2012, he was ordained as an Interspiritual/Interfaith Minister by the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. Currently, he is Spiritual Director in Residence at the First Congregational Church of Montclair, NJ, and has recently served as President of the Montclair, NJ Clergy Association. Jack is one of the founders of the new Montclair Center for Spiritual Practice and also co-facilitates the Essex County Death Café. Additionally, he is a hospice volunteer and has received training as a certified Disaster Relief Chaplain. Read more about Jack's story.
Bradley & Son Funeral Homes has been conducting uniquely memorable Celebrant Services for over a decade. Our knowledge and experience will help you create a lasting memory for your family. Contact us if you have questions about Certified Celebrants and Memorial Services.
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