Welcome to the website for the Association of Funeral Celebrants Ireland (AFCI). We are a group of professional funeral celebrants who are accredited by the Irish Institute of Celebrants (IIOC). We have come together to offer people greater choice in the type of funeral ceremonies that are available to them. Our celebrants work closely with funeral directors and with any member of the public who would like to IIIC arrange a funeral.

We’re committed to creating bespoke ceremonies that help you celebrate the life of your loved ones. Browse through our website to find out what funeral celebrants do and what help we can offer people at the most difficult times in their lives. And please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you’d like to find out more about what we do.

We, the committee & members of the AFCI follow and adhere to the guidelines given by both, the HSE and the Irish Government on Covid 19. The wearing of face coverings is mandatory when attending all ceremonies.

What Is a Civil Funeral Celebrant?

AFCI Celebrants are civil funeral celebrants, which means that we conduct funerals ceremonies outside of a church setting. We aim to offer people an alternative to traditional funeral ceremonies for people of all faiths and none. Ceremonies created by civil funeral celebrants are very personal and truly reflect the beliefs, personality and values of the person who has passed away.

AFCI funeral celebrants don’t just carry out funeral/celebration of life ceremonies. We deliver graveside ceremonies, scattering of ashes and memorial services, which happen some time after a person has passed away. Our civil celebrants can carry out ceremonies anywhere: in a crematorium, at the graveside, in a funeral home or in any place that’s special to you and your family.

Our celebrants also offer pre-planning services. People can get in touch with us to plan a funeral for themselves or for their loved ones in advance. We will treat them with the utmost sensitivity and ensure we deliver a ceremony according to their wishes.



How Our Ceremonies Work

We know what a shocking and distressing time it is when someone you love passes away, and we will guide you every step of the way through the process of creating a ceremony for your loved one. As soon as we get the call to say that you are looking for a ceremony, we’ll arrange to meet you to talk about what kind of ceremony you’d like.

We’ll help you choose readings and music, and we’ll find out what kind of person your loved one was. This will help us create a ceremony that honours their unique personality and contribution to the world. On the day, we will work closely with your funeral director to make sure the ceremony runs smoothly. We will deliver your ceremony with dignity, passion and respect.

Who We Work With

Our funeral celebrants work with families who have lost a loved one and want to honour them in an authentic, personal way. Many people find us through their funeral director, but we also encourage people to get in touch with us directly to plan their ceremony. Have a browse through our directory of members to find an AFCI celebrant near you. In recent years, a growing number of people have started planning their own funerals. If you want to plan your ceremony, please get in touch. We will give you the power to decide how you will be remembered and give peace of mind to your loved ones, because they’ll know they’ve honoured your wishes.


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