Emotional work of an Irish civil funeral celebrant


Guiding people through creating a funeral service is a very special job. It’s certainly not a Monday-Friday, 9-5 life.

Civil funeral celebrant Padraic Cawley explains why what he does isn’t a business, it’s very much a vocation. Ireland has been moving away from religious funerals for some time now. The demand for a ‘civil’ service is sharply growing. Padraic explains the form of this new style of funeral and shares some moving stories of the families he’s served over the last five years.