“I found the celebrant training so very human. Green Fuse foster the growth of each individual’s own way of working, in an environment of honesty, openness and trust. The course was inspiring, thought provoking and challenging in a good way. I came away thinking "I could do this". An amazing experience!”
As a funeral celebrant you will help each bereaved family to create a personal and meaningful funeral - one they can be proud of and cherish. This will help them on their path of grieving, providing enormous benefit from which you can derive great job satisfaction. There are few more meaningful and satisfying ways to earn a modest living. The lives you hear about are endlessly fascinating and inspiring.
Those we have trained to be celebrants love the work and helping their families. They receive wonderful feedback. It is a challenging role and working with mortality and bereavement will take you on a path of self-development as well as benefit your clients.
To be a good celebrant you need to be self-aware, to know when your own grief is being activated, to know how you can develop to be even better. You will be a calming influence in stormy weather. This work is for people who go the extra mile to make a big difference to others at a time of distress and upheaval.
“My celebrancy training and work has been an incredible journey; successful beyond anything I might have expected - successful in the sense of being kept so busy, but successful too for the emotional reward.”
Over half of all funerals in the UK are led by celebrants. So it is an established market now, over 300,000 funerals a year. There are many trained and untrained celebrants out there already. You need to become one of the best ones, deeply understanding the deeper seams below the surface of the service itself, how funerals work as a rite of passage. A good funeral takes the bereaved on an emotional and psychological journey. You learn how to create meaningful funerals.
“What makes a Green Fuse celebrant different? The superior training! The deep experience and dedication behind it, the enormous care that goes into helping the celebrants with every single aspect of the role. We learn how to be with families and people in grief, how best to really listen so to be able to hear the truth of a person emerging through memories and anecdotes and facts and photos offered. We learn and practise a whole range of skills to do with humane, sensitive and open communication so that we can get as close as possible to understanding what is needed in each specific and individual case, It’s so important to recognise the real person and the value of the life that has ended, thereby directly helping the people who loved and cared for them to get through a time of necessary loss and sadness by saying goodbye in a heartfelt and meaningful way.”
A funeral celebrant does not earn a brilliant hourly rate if the job is to be done well. Each funeral needs to be written starting with a blank sheet of paper. We would reckon that 4 funerals represents a full working week. You would earn between £800 and £1000 less your expenses. But the job satisfaction is great.
There is only one chance to get a funeral right. You will work in a collaborative and creative way with your clients to make sure that happens. You weave together and tell the story of the life and help the mourners digest what has happened. You have a role to evoke a sense of the sacred as you commend the person to whatever lies beyond this world. You are storyteller, comforter and ‘priest’.
It is important that the very first funeral you write and lead is excellent. There is no room to practice on your first funerals. We supervise you for your first five and for as long as you feel you need that input. Excellent funerals are noticed by the funeral directors who are your source of work.
“Funeral celebrancy is not so much a job as a way of life!”
“You wonderfully captured the spirit of my Mum. It takes a talent to be able to sense a person’s soul. Friends of my Mum commented similarly and as you could see were moved to tears. I think it makes it easier to move on and focus on the future. Huge thanks for making what can be difficult times so comforting and memorable in such a positive way.”