Well in the UK the option to have a Hummanist speaker has been around for a while; both my father and brother's furnerals involved a combination of music they'd liked; the presiding Hummanist talking about their life based on interviews with close family. No hint of God or bible readings; so this worked for us.
Most of us in the UK if not Catholic or Muslim get cremated; so the only difference was the absence of reference to the usual religious inserts; which have always been pointless as I can't remember anyone being the slighest bit concerned with religion in the family.
First things first. Go see a lawyer and have it spelled out in your Last Will and Testament that any memorial service is not to be religious. You can get as specific (Stars Wars costume), or as general (no magic incantations), as you want in the directions. This should, if handled properly, prevent this from happening.
As to the specifics of the arrangements, ask around with various funeral directors. You might be surprised at how many of them (depending on the size of your community) have arrangements or "services" for the deceased that leave out the magic sky spirits.
Your photo indicates that you might be a bit young to think about a pre-paid funeral, but that too, is always a possibility.
I've been researching about this. My wife and I both wish to be cremated, but she has been informed by her mother that if it's not in writing, she's going to insist on a traditional Christian burial and service ("Gee, thanks mom"). I found a good resource here. You may want to consider a living will too. This will express your wishes about being put on life support, being resuscitated, etc. in the event that you become unable to express those wishes later on.
Hope this helps.
donate all ur body parts
nd burn your body in crematorium
I have seen that burial grounds occupy a lot of space and in some places it has become difficult to find additional space required for the burial grounds. I therefore believe that cremation of the dead body is a better way of disposing it. As an atheist and an aged person, I have alredy told my sons that my body should be creamated after my death and without any kind of a religious ritual. I have also told them that there should no other religious services after that. My sons are also veering towards atheism and I fully believe that they will obey my wishes.
I agree totally Madhukar, cemeteries are a huge waste of real estate and exist simply to make the living feel better for the dead.
I will be cremated and ashes thrown to the wind somewhere with no pomp and ceremony.
Personally, it doesn't matter what funeral i have because I'll be dead. So here comes the water. I'll probably be buried and all that from the wishes of those who are comforted most by the funeral, be it Christian or whatever. I think that my goodbye is of no significance as far as the attendance. If it comforts my christian sister that she believes i'm in her heaven or hell does me no harm or good.
I don't have to worry about having a religious funeral. My birth family are all dead and all my friends are atheist. There won't be anyone to try and force a religious funeral. What do I want after I am dead. I want to be cremated and have my ashes shot into the sun. My remains will (hopefully) get to do what I didn't get to do while I was alive. Go to the stars.
My wife is having her body donated to the Body Farm in Tennessee after organ donation.