Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

Humanist funerals in Ireland – interesting times.

Posted in Humanist funerals in Ireland., Uncategorized by sheelanagigcomedienne on June 6, 2013

I found this interesting item on changing Ireland. Godless funerals thrive in ‘post-Catholic’ Ireland

Irish funeral directors estimate that 10 percent of the nearly 30,000 funerals conducted annually are nonreligious, due in part to a decline in the number of Catholics in Ireland.

Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior design tobecome a registered civil celebrant, presiding over funerals and weddings for people who refuse to associate with Ireland’s scandal-tarred Roman Catholic Church. She’s not alone; many newly minted civil celebrants are starting their own businesses as part of Ireland’s “post-Catholic” economy.

Although many observers have noted the impact of secularization and child abuse scandals on church membership and finances, only now are the Irish seeing the cultural and socioeconomic reverberations. These include a class of people willing to observe life’s most significant milestones outside the church.

“People only get one opportunity to get a funeral right,” Wojnar said. “I help them prepare a service which honors the bereaved without being constrained by the convention of religion.”

Government data show that about 30 percent of the 21,000 weddings annually are outside any church, up from 5 percent two decades ago.

Brian Whiteside, the director of ceremonies for the Humanist Association of Ireland, led more than 100 weddings, funerals or naming ceremonies in 2012.

“We’re busier than we ever thought we would be,” Whiteside said. “I thought I would do this as a sideline, but it’s taken over my life.”

Humanists – who believe in ethical values and a sense of compassion – have been at the forefront of performing nonreligious ceremonies. Whiteside said he and his 10 fellow Humanist-sanctioned celebrants have seen consistent growth, topping off at 78 funerals and 200 weddings in 2012.

Brian Whiteside whom I met at one of our celebrants conferences is their main man in Ireland.

Brian Whiteside

Massey’s, a Dublin funeral home, spent $200,000 last year to open the first venue designed specifically to host civil funerals. These entrepreneurs see themselves replacing the shrinking pool of priests. By one estimate, the number of Irish parish priests will drop from 2,000 today to a few hundred by 2042. If they want to bury a loved one without a lengthy wait for a priest, Wojnar said many families may soon have to choose a civil celebrant.

Funeral ireland

It is very interesting t note that there were 200 humanist weddings but only 78 funerals in 2012 whereas for celebrants, like myself, it very much the reversed as funerals definitely constitute the majority of ceremonies that we take. But the times they are a changing for the better in Ireland.

In the 2011 census, the total number of non-religious in Ireland increased by 45 per cent, with close to 270,000 people classifying themselves in this category.

Here is another website on non -religious funeral options in Ireland.Funerals in Ireland: What are your options? · TheJournal.ie

When I looked for images of humanist funerals Ireland I found some from this blog there!

ead more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/05/30/2793680/godless-funerals-thrive-in-post.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/05/30/2793680/godless-funerals-thrive-in-post.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/05/30/2793680/godless-funerals-thrive-in-post.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/05/30/2793680/godless-funerals-thrive-in-post.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/05/30/2793680/godless-funerals-thrive-in-post.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/05/30/2793680/godless-funerals-thrive-Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior design to pursue a degree that wasn’t in demand: a master’s in bereavement studies.Having seen four family members die early, she wanted to understand how to adapt.As it turned out, the degree perfectly prepared her to enter one of Ireland’s emerging professions.Wojnar is now a registered civil celebrant, presiding over funerals and weddings for people who refuse to associate with Ireland’s scandal-tarred Roman Catholic Church. She’s not alone; many newly minted civil celebrants are starting their own businesses as part of Ireland’s “post-Catholic” economy.

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