Under British law, when someone dies, you are obliged to dispose of their body in an appropriate manner. You are not required to have a funeral or ceremony. The ceremonial part of the process is there to offer comfort and hope to the people left behind. They are for the benefit of the grieving, not the dead.
Marketing is an essential element of establishing and growing any business. It’s challenging when You are the key product and therefore your marketing can feel like showing-off. Add to this, the fact you’re doing a job that involves talking about death, and many Funeral Celebrants decide that they’ll deal with their marketing another day! We’re […]
This month’s interview with a one of our Graduates, is with Beth Falconer, who completed her training with us back in April this year. It was a great experience working with Beth and I’ve been looking forward to sharing her thoughts on the blog with you. Her focus on neurodiversity and inclusion were evident throughout […]
I read the eulogy at Mum and Don’s service and it was a privilege. I knew this next chapter was an opportunity to bring what I have and continue to learn, to support others, but I wasn’t clear exactly how. Then I was approached by the Funeral Director of Don’s service, a friend, to ask if I had considered becoming a Celebrant… and so the journey started to unfold.
In our third interview with one of our Graduates, I am delighted to introduce you to Phillip Dackombe, The Welbeck Celebrant. Phillip completed his training both as a Funeral and also as a Wedding and Vow Renewal Celebrant. He was a complete joy to work with and brought a willingness to see others that was […]
The Funeral Director and Celebrant or Minister will be your support team and expect you to ask them for help. They deal with the situation you are worrying about regularly. If they don't have the answer themselves, they will know who to ask. We tend to be 'brave' and 'cope' with more than we need to when we are dealing with grief.
Leaving clear instructions about what we want to happen when we die, is a useful and sensible thing to do, and here-in starts the problem. When we die, those who love us are feeling pain and loss, they are often 'holding it together' for the sake of others and they are not feeling useful or sensible. They are now the ones who need to be looked after; not you. I know, that sounds a little harsh, but it is those who mourn our passing who would benefit the most from deciding how to honour us and what they want to include to help them grieve.
I would love to hold a Life Celebration at the beach, hearing the waves in the background and having that wonderful expanse of sky behind us. To have lots of music, drinks and dancing after the Committal with lots of people wanting to share their memories of the person – with no time limits!
We’re going to be featuring regular interviews with our Graduates and of course, we had to start with our very first – Berni B, Full Life Celebrant. When Dinah, our Chief Training Officer, was writing the Wedding and Funeral Training programmes, Berni took the course and provided invaluable feedback as we built and adapted it. […]
A Portfolio Entrepreneur will have many talents and interests. They’ve created a variety of ways to use their talents to make a living. If they’re clever, they’ve focused on their passions and purpose, resulting in businesses that feel authentic and exciting. Being a Celebrant, whilst also growing and loving three other businesses, has been a […]