As a funeral celebrant, Howard supports those who wish a professional person to co-create a service centred on the deceased person, their history and their achievements. This is often, but not necessarily, in contrast to the established set-ritual ceremonies of most religions.
Howard believes decisions about the content of the ceremony should be made by the family of the deceased in consultation with him as their celebrant. Depending on circumstances, it is customary for Howard to meet with the family, carefully prepare and check the eulogy, brief those chosen to give reminiscences, and to provide resources and suggestions that will assist the family to choose the most appropriate music and quotations (poetry and prose).
Howard is usually the person who conducts the ceremony. He is the facilitator, the adviser, the resource person and the co-creator of the ceremony, working in close collaboration with the family and the funeral director.