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If you are looking for an alternative to a traditional funeral you may like to hold a Life Celebration for your loved one instead, which takes place separately to the funeral. A Civil Funeral is a non-religious funeral ceremony led by a celebrant from the register office instead of a vicar or minister.

Life celebrations

The Thomas Robinson Building offers the perfect location for such a ceremony. It is a former chapel building that has been lovingly restored and is now home to Stourbridge Registration Office. The building is available to be booked for life celebrations on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Each ceremony, led by a professional and experienced celebrant, is written individually for your family. It gives a focus for family and friends to gather together to remember your family member who has sadly passed away. A life celebration remembers the good times and happy memories rather than dwelling on their passing.

You may choose to add readings, a floral table arrangement, order of service booklets or  a memorial to your booking to further personalise your ceremony. 

Civil funerals

A Civil Funeral Ceremony provides a comprehensive framework that allows you the freedom to make a range of choices about the content and style of the final Ceremony. There’s a wide selection of readings to choose from, and you can include additional pieces that had a special meaning and significance for the deceased.

Whilst the ceremony is non-religious in nature, you can include items with religious references if you wish, such as a prayer or hymn. The Celebrant will advise you of all the options available and help you decide how they should be arranged and presented. You may like to include family members and friends in the ceremony as well as any music that you feel is appropriate.

In short, what is created is a Ceremony unique to the deceased: a tribute to, and a celebration of, their life, designed and conducted to reflect your express wishes and those of your loved one.

The fee for a life celebration or civil funeral is £290

Email: register.office@dudley.gov.uk

Telephone: 01384 815373

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