Secular setting honest
Madam – Your edition (Sunday Independent, March 3, 2013), reports the humanist ceremony held for the late John Reihill and the one in respect of the late Dardis Clarke, son of the poet, Austin Clarke. With the decline of religious observance and practice, humanist ceremonies are becoming more common, and include marriages.
It would appear also that even some people with infrequent attendance at church prefer to opt for the church service and ambiance. This can be noted when the mourners are not sure when to sit, stand or kneel.
It must be rather disconcerting at times for the celebrant conducting the requiem knowing that the deceased was perhaps a reluctant believer and the gathering likewise, some even antagonistic to the church and finding the ceremony meaningless.