Did a quick search to see if this had been a topic before.
What is the general funeral method for atheists when they die? I mean, most people have a pastor or priest preside over the ceremony.
The reason I ask (other than I don't know) is because my dad passed this summer, and while I know he was a believer, he was not fond of the organized church, he was more of a casual believer.
My brother had a pastor do the service (one from his own church) who had known my dad for a small amount of time, and although the service was very nice, he made dad sound like a serious believer with a deep conviction. Not him at all.
Do we as non-believers have funeral services at the mortuary? Only have friends speak? Do we have friends who are pastors do it?
I know there is no one answer.... but if I were to die today, I'm pretty sure my family would have my funeral performed by a pastor...... despite knowing my lack of belief, because they wouldn't know what else to do.
My wife and I are going to start planning for the inevitible, and I have no idea where to start with this subject. Any helpful ideas?