Does the funeral have to be taken by a priest/vicar?

No, it doesn’t. You can choose whether to have a religious or non-religious funeral. Either way, you do not actually need to have an celebrant involved in the funeral, although it is strongly advised. A family member or friend may wish to lead the service, and while this can be very successful, they will need to be aware of local rules and timings, etc, at whatever venue the funeral is taking place at.

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