About Us

The AFCI is a group of independent funeral celebrants accredited with the Irish Institute of Celebrants (IIOC). We have pooled our wealth of experience, skills and personal qualities to give funeral directors access to a resource that they can depend on. You’ll find our members in many parts of the country and we’ll make ourselves available to the funeral directors in our area whenever they need it.  

Our Mission

The AFCI aims to build trust among funeral directors that we can deliver our funeral services to the highest professional standards. We believe that forming an association gives credibility to the profession of celebrancy and shows funeral directors that we are committed to achieving excellence in the delivery of our services. We will always treat bereaved family members with the dignity, compassion and respect they deserve. 

How Our Ceremonies Work 

Our members create bespoke ceremonies that celebrate a person’s life and allow families to pay tribute to their loved one in a way that’s true to who they were. As independent celebrants, our members have the flexibility to cater for all beliefs and none, so the ceremonies can be as spiritual or as secular as people wish. This means funeral directors can offer greater choice to people from different faith backgrounds. 

When a funeral director contacts us saying that one of their clients has asked for a celebrant, we will arrange to meet their client straight away. At our meeting, we’ll talk about the person’s life, personality, beliefs and values – the ingredients that made them who they were. 

We’ll then write the ceremony and send it to the family for approval. On the day, we will work closely with the funeral director and associated staff to make sure the ceremony runs as smoothly as possible.