First humanist remembrance ceremony in Antwerp (Belgium)

Belgium has a strong history in secular humanist ceremonies, especially funerals. Even in the 19th century secular funerals and confirmations were provided/officiated by the freethinkers societies of that time. Since then naming and wedding ceremonies have also become more and more popular and mainstream.In Flanders another popular humanist ceremony is the remembrance service. Several flemish centres for humanist services provide a yearly remembrance ceremony for people who have recently lost a loved one.
In 2014, such a ceremony was organised for the first time in Antwerp by huisvandeMens Antwerp. More than 150 people attended the ceremony and it was designed and executed in collaboration with a host of volunteers. The ceremony comprised comforting texts, live music, a fitting ritual and afterwards some cake and coffee. The day was a great success and all of the staff and volunteers at huisvandeMens Antwerp were delighted and overwhelmed by the positive responses of the large number of participants – see pictures below –  (Pictures by Nils Vandevijvere)


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