Funeral Costs

Clergy and Celebrant Costs

A member of the clergy or celebrant officiates memorial services ceremonies. A funeral is not a legally sanctioned ceremony and does not require any special qualifications for the person directing the service.

Clergy are ordained by a religious denomination whereas a celebrant might not have any religious affiliation but may have training on funeral services and how to give a funeral eulogy.

In order to plan for the service, clergy/celebrants usually will meet with the family a day or two before the ceremony.  Sometimes the clergy/celebrant will present a eulogy or a family member or friend will have the honor.

Some funeral homes have clergy/celebrants on contract or on staff.  If you purchase a funeral package, make sure and clarify whether or not the clergy/celebrant fee is in included in your package. If it is, there is no need to tip the clergy/celebrant; they are already being compensated for their work.

The fess for clergy/celebrants range from $50 to $500.

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