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What Does an Officiant Do?

Published: December 5, 2022

What does an officiant do?

Typically, the person who officiates the funeral service will run the order of service. The officiant will gather music to play at the service, read the eulogy and often will say a prayer or present a poem in honor of the individual who passed. They may facilitate funeral rituals, such as a committal, rosary or the scattering of ashes.

Run order of service

Help organize the service

Facilitate funeral rituals

In the state of Oregon, any unlicensed person is allowed to run the funeral service, as long as they are not accepting payment of the services. In order to accept payments for officiating a funeral service, a person must be licensed.

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