Understanding Humanism

Humanist ceremonies

Humanists provide naming ceremonies, weddings, and funerals for people who feel a religious ceremony would not be suitable for them. They often draw attention to things that humanists value: our freedom to choose how we live, our responsibilities to each other, and the importance of connections in our lives.

Humanist naming ceremonies often focus on a child’s freedom to choose what they believe and how they live (a recognition of children’s human rights).

Humanist weddings often focus on the value of our connections with other people and celebrate the diversity of loving relationships.

Humanist funerals often focus on the fact that, although this is the one life we have, something of us can live on through the impact our lives had.

5+

Activities
Age 5+
Naming ceremony activities

Leaf template

Films
Age 5+
The perfect welcome

Watch a humanist naming ceremony, hear how the parents made it meaningful to them, and use the questions to prompt discussion. (Age 5+)

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Information
Age 7+
Humanist ceremonies

Films
Age 7+
What is a humanist ceremony?

A two-minute video animation explaining humanist naming ceremonies, weddings, and funerals.

11+

Information
Age 11+
Humanist funerals

Humanist ceremonies

A history of humanist ceremonies

Over 100 years of humanist namings, weddings, and funerals.

Activities
Age 11+
Humanist funeral extracts

Films
Age 11+
What is a humanist ceremony?

A two-minute video animation explaining humanist naming ceremonies, weddings, and funerals.

Funerals: Stories and sadness

Humanist celebrants talk about the role that stories can play in dealing with sadness within a humanist funeral.

Funerals: What we leave behind

Humanist celebrants talk about how the impact of our lives can survive us, and how a humanist funeral offers a point to reflect on this.

14+

Information
Age 14+
Humanist ceremonies

A guide to humanist naming ceremonies, weddings, and funerals. What are they and how do they reflect a humanist approach to life?

Confirmation ceremonies in Norway

Humanist funerals

A history of humanist ceremonies

Over 100 years of humanist namings, weddings, and funerals.

Activities
Age 14+
Humanist funeral extracts

Write a humanist eulogy

Films
Age 14+
Namings: Family and support

Humanist celebrants talk about the importance of family and support networks, and how this is captured within humanist naming ceremonies.

Namings: Freedom and potential

Humanist celebrants describe how the freedom and potential of new individuals are captured within humanist naming ceremonies.

Weddings: Personal and meaningful

Humanist celebrants describe the freedom the couple have to choose how the celebrate at a humanist wedding.

Weddings: Other people in our lives

Humanist celebrants describe how the value of the people and connections in our lives is celebrated in a humanist wedding ceremony.

Funerals: Stories and sadness

Humanist celebrants talk about the role that stories can play in dealing with sadness within a humanist funeral.

Funerals: What we leave behind

Humanist celebrants talk about how the impact of our lives can survive us, and how a humanist funeral offers a point to reflect on this.

The motivations of humanist celebrants

Humanist celebrants talk about what motivates them to do what they do and their passion for people and stories.

16+

Information
Age 16+
Humanist ceremonies

A guide to humanist naming ceremonies, weddings, and funerals. What are they and how do they reflect a humanist approach to life?

What do humanists think about ritual?

The role of stories in humanist ceremonies

Vows at a humanist wedding

Confirmation ceremonies in Norway

A history of humanist ceremonies

Over 100 years of humanist namings, weddings, and funerals.

Activities
Age 16+
Write a humanist eulogy

Films
Age 16+
Namings: Family and support

Humanist celebrants talk about the importance of family and support networks, and how this is captured within humanist naming ceremonies.

Namings: Freedom and potential

Humanist celebrants describe how the freedom and potential of new individuals are captured within humanist naming ceremonies.

Weddings: Personal and meaningful

Humanist celebrants describe the freedom the couple have to choose how the celebrate at a humanist wedding.

Weddings: Other people in our lives

Humanist celebrants describe how the value of the people and connections in our lives is celebrated in a humanist wedding ceremony.

Funerals: Stories and sadness

Humanist celebrants talk about the role that stories can play in dealing with sadness within a humanist funeral.

Funerals: What we leave behind

Humanist celebrants talk about how the impact of our lives can survive us, and how a humanist funeral offers a point to reflect on this.

The motivations of humanist celebrants

Humanist celebrants talk about what motivates them to do what they do and their passion for people and stories.

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