When you engage a Celebrant who is a member of the IoCF, you can be sure you will be working with someone who has both the professionalism and empathy needed to ensure the funeral ceremony you are arranging will be all that you hope it to be.

All IoCF members have been rigorously assessed in order to gain membership and thereafter undergo both regular assessment and continuous professional development.

When meeting with you, the Celebrant will explain what is involved and then plan the ceremony with you. Favourite readings and music can be incorporated and, for those who wish it, suitable hymns or prayers can be chosen. Perhaps the most valuable element of many Civil Funeral Ceremonies is a carefully scripted tribute written about the character and life of the person. This personal tribute is often a celebration of the person's life, recounting their experiences, attributes and qualities. Every effort is made to capture the essence of the deceased and gathering information for this may form a major part of your meeting with the Celebrant. On the day, the tribute, or parts of it, can be delivered by the Celebrant, a family member or a friend.

Following the meeting, the Celebrant will create a draft ceremony, including the tribute if appropriate, and will then seek your final approval. Nothing will be said at the funeral which has not been approved.

As part of the IoCF's professional standards monitoring, after the funeral, as long as you have agreed, you will be sent a questionnaire to provide your feedback about the work of the Celebrant.