Funerals without God
Everyone who wishes may today be cremated or buried according to non-religious ceremonies, or completely without ceremony.
In 1969, a 300 year old law was revoked which imposed all members of the Church of Norway to be buried using church liturgy. Today, everyone who wishes so may be cremated or buried according to non-religious ceremonies, or completely without ceremony. Funeral associations can arrange all of the practical aspects, and also take care of the ceremony - if the family prefers not to do it themselves.
Non-religious funerals are most often held in regular cemetery- or crematorium chapels. The memorial service will often consist of introductory music, a speech or eulogy, singing, placing wreaths on the casket, poetry recitation and concluding music.
The Human-Ethic association is an organization based on humanism. With over 50,000 members, the Human-Ethic association is the second largest philosophical/religious group in Norway - second only to the Church of Norway. The association can give advice to people who wish to organize a non-religious funeral themselves. Representatives from the association can be invited to hold speechs during funeral services for members, and will also be available for non-members as far as time and resources allow.