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The role of a Civil Celebrant

Civil celebrants lead funeral services which may have no religious context at all, or include a mixture of things that were important to the person who died, which may include prayers or favourite hymns and will focus on remembering the life of the person who has died.

We offer our in-house funeral celebrant to help you plan an order of service and ensure that it reflects how you want the person to be remembered, discussing any funeral poems or readings, songs or hymns you’d like, as well as who you’d like to play a part. What’s said and shared during a civil funeral or memorial service is decided by family or friends, with the support of our celebrant.

We would usually meet with you and any family or friends involved discussing your wishes and ideas, although due to current government restrictions during the pandemic will discuss content by online meetings, phone and email.

If we already know your family, he will ask about the person who has died, to get a sense of who they were and what they meant to you, and will use this information to write a eulogy about the person and their life, which the celebrant will deliver during the service.

Our celebrant’s role will include planning and leading a funeral ceremony that can reflect what the person believed, how they lived, and to celebrate their life. If you’re unfamiliar with what to expect, he will talk you through this and also invite you to share ideas and wishes for those elements of the service where it’s appropriate for family and friends to share what they’d like to say, be read aloud, sung or played.

It’s okay to get emotional when you are talking about your loved one and plans for their funeral – our celebrant will listen and understand. If you are giving a eulogy, doing a reading, or perhaps singing, our funeral celebrant will invite you pay your tribute, when the moment comes. Speaking, reading or singing at a funeral can be emotional, nerve-wracking or both. A big part of our celebrant’s role is to help you feel reassured and supported on the day.

About Richard Marshall - A.W. Lymn Civil Celebrant

With over 20 years’ experience in the funeral profession Richard is now able to use the skills and knowledge gained in his role as a Civil Funeral Celebrant.

Richard has been with A W Lymn The Family funeral service for 10 years, joining them as a funeral director and latterly as a Senior Funeral Director.

For the last 18 months he has undertaken a new role within the company and is now the A.W. Lymn ‘in house’ Celebrant.


Richard trained with the Civil Ceremonies Ltd and gained his NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Civil Celebrancy (the highest qualification available in the field). He is based in Beeston but will happily travel within the East Midlands to meet with bereaved families to plan the type of funeral ceremony that they want for their loved one.

He is also a member of the Institute of Civil Funerals, who lead the national standard for Celebrants in the funeral industry by continually monitoring the quality of all work and responding to feedback left by the families he has cared for.

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About A.W. Lymn

Originally formed in 1907, A.W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service is still wholly owned and managed by the founder’s family. Families across the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire & Mansfield areas, have had funerals taken care of by A.W. Lymn who offer an excellent reputation, fleet of Rolls-Royce vehicles, experienced staff and long association with the local community.

Nottingham Funeral Office, Robin Hood House, Robin Hood Street, Nottingham, NG3 1GF

Tel : 0115 941 4101

Email: admin@lymn.co.uk

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