The role of the funeral conductor or officiant
The funeral conductor of officiant is traditionally responsible for:
- Formally eulogizing the person who died
- Saying prayers
- Inviting attendees to any events after the funeral service (such as a burial or entombment at a cemetery, scattering of cremated remains, or reception)
- Generally leading the service
The officiant can be as involved as you'd like. You can choose someone with experience in leading funeral and memorial services who may have a good idea of how the service should go, or you can choose someone who can work with you to create a unique and personalized service.
How to choose a funeral conductor or officiant
A funeral can be conducted by whomever you choose. If the funeral will be held in a religious place of worship, the clergy there can lead the service. If the funeral will be held in a funeral home, the director of the funeral home can lead the service, you can bring in a clergy member to lead the service, or someone else—such as a friend or family member—can officiate.
An honorarium is a payment given for a service provided for free. Most clergy will conduct a funeral for no charge, but it is customary to offer an honorarium to the clergy member. The amount you offer is entirely up to you, based on what you can afford. The funeral home you are working with can pay this honorarium for you as a cash advance.