Growing demand for Humanist ceremonies

THE demand for Humanist Funeral Ceremonies throughout the country is rising fast, writes Eilidh Whiteford.

Every year, increasing numbers of couples are seeking Humanist Weddings or Namings, and every year more and more bereaved families are approaching funeral directors looking for a humanist celebrant who will help them celebrate their loved one’s life.

To meet this increasing demand, The Humanist Society of Scotland has an ongoing programme for training new celebrants, giving them expertise and experience to serve happy couples and to help bereaved families.

John Howieson, (58), from Portree, recently completed his Namings training, to add to the training courses for Funerals and for Weddings which he completed last year.

And John is currently serving his neighbouring Western Isles, having previously conducted a funeral in North Uist and booked to marry a couple in Harris next summer.

Former Head Teacher of Portree High School, John very much enjoyed working with the young people and parents of the community, similarly enjoying his time spent working on Barra.

“These experiences have show me that there is indeed a growing number of humanists in the islands,” he expands. “I’ve always been a humanist, and so when I took my early retirement, becoming a celebrant seemed to me to be a good way to continue serving those of them for whom it’s right.”

For the full feature about Humanist ceremonies see this week’s Stornoway Gazette out on Thursday, December 29th.