Man has the right to live by his
to live in the way that he wills to do:
to work as he will:
to play as he will:
to rest as he will:
to die when and how he will.
Welcome to SOUL RITES, where we hope to help you celebrate the life of your loved one in a special and unique way.
9 Old Bridge Close
Tel: 07834 572911
Organising a Pagan or "alternative" funeral or memorial service is not an easy task. Often, many details are left to a funeral director or minister who will do their best to see the needs of the family are met in line with the wishes of the deceased loved one. At Soul Rites we can provide an experienced minister to create a unique service reflecting the spiritual needs of the living family and the deceased, with a personal service to support you through what can be a difficult time.
Your faith and that of the deceased can be honoured...
Wherever possible we would like to create a celebration of the life of a person who has died. If they believed in Norse gods, saw themselves as a witch, or were generally in tune with the earth or green issues, a service can be created to reflect their life choices.
Equally, if a person had no known beliefs, or did not go to church, or the family feel that "religion" is not for them, that's fine too.
Sometimes the family may not share beliefs, or simply may not be in a position to decide how best to reflects everyone's needs into a funeral. A balance can always be reached sensitively, to enable everyone to say goodbye in the way best suited to them.
A good celebrant will not hijack the day with their own beliefs, but spend time getting to understand the deceased and the family, to create a service or ritual which is the perfect farewell for them.
Creating an authentic experience in any setting...
Just as different churches have different orders of service, different belief paths have activities which are unique and these should be reflected in a memorial or funeral service. This might involve calling elemental quarters, banishing rituals, use of specialised incense and fire, or simply saying a specific prayer.
Some celebrants avoid specific faith paths, but at Soul Rites we celebrate diversity in belief. So a prayer to the Mother Goddess really can be in the same service as the Christian Lord's Prayer, if that's what you want.
Members of the deceased's family , or their friends, are invited to contribute and participate in the way best suited to them, including delivering parts of a ritual or service if they wish.