February 7

What’s it like being a funeral celebrant?


Being a funeral celebrant is a job like no other. Reflecting someone’s whole life and character in just one ceremony, holding space for all the feelings and voices of the people who are there, listening to and retelling cherished stories… it’s a huge honour and a huge responsibility. 

To be of service to families and loved ones of the person who has died during a time of great sadness, loss, darkness, tragedy, stress and sometimes vulnerability.

To listen

To empathise

To reflect

To organize

To honour

To understand

To respect

To be compassionate

To advise

To be creative

To do this work is rewarding yet humbling; emotional yet life-affirming; hard work yet so fulfilling. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – it’s the best job in the world. 

Funeral celebrancy is something that many people say they are ‘called’ to. And it certainly does feel like that vocational sort of work. If you feel this way, that’s awesome! However, it’s important to be aware that this job also calls for practicality, tenacity and organisation as well as empathy, creativity and amazing presentation skills. 

Modern online funeral training

Our amazing head of training Claire Bradford has created both of our signature wedding and funeral courses. 

Using her years of experience working as a sought-after funeral celebrant with bereaved families and funeral directors and arrangers alike, Claire has poured her passion, wisdom, knowledge, expertise and professionalism into the Celebrants Collective funeral celebrant course.

From upbeat celebrations of life to ceremonies for people who have died in tragic circumstances, and from services for babies all the way through to war veterans, Claire shares her knowledge and varied experiences during the training.

Along with our hugely experienced funeral celebrant and course tutor Rosalie Kuveyhoven, they bring their knowledge and personal experiences together during our group tutorials to help our trainees learn the subtleties and complexities of the funeral world. 

Do you want to train to be a funeral celebrant?

Are you looking to learn about end-of-life services and the role of a funeral celebrant? Do you feel called to serve your community in this way? Do you want to be a part of an international collective of celebrants?

Our Funeral Celebrants Training Course takes you through what you need to know to create and conduct personal funerals and memorials, get bookings and run your celebrant business with confidence. 

If you’re ready to come and join us, we’d be excited to welcome you onboard. You can read about our funeral training here, as well as sign up and get started from as early as today! 

Perhaps, it really is your time!


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