Innovators in the Funeral Industry

Changing the face of funerals

• by training over 800 funeral celebrants and funeral directors / arrangers since 2008;
• through its award-winning funeral directing services, Heart & Soul Funerals;
• with our book “We Need To Talk About The Funeral”;
• by being pioneering influencers in the funeral sector.
Jane & Simon founders of Green Fuse  
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Why us?

Adapting to the times

Funerals have changed greatly over the last 20 years. Many people now are looking for a more personal funeral experience.  And they still value and appreciate a sense of sacred ritual to mark the end of a life and the transition of spirit – a funeral with heart and soul rooted in the person’s culture and lifestyle. It is important that each funeral is both a celebration of a life and the mourning of a loss.

Jane Morrell started Green Fuse in 1999 and was soon joined by her husband Simon Smith.

Based on their own experiences of close bereavements they both felt that funerals, and the whole funeral process from the time of death, could be made more meaningful and relevant for the bereaved. After the 2nd World War, the 'modern' generation appreciated tradition, order and standardisation. However the 'post modern generation' is more interested in personal experience, individualism and their own beliefs. Funerals and the funeral process need to reflect this.
With his thought in mind, they sought to help families create more individual funerals. They grew a successful local funeral company (now called Heart & Soul Funerals), which was awarded Funeral Director Of The Year by The Good Funeral Guide. "Jane Morrell and Simon Smith work tirelessly to improve the standard of funerals." Charles Cowling GFG.

Simon's previous career in leadership development, writing a book and devising and teaching courses, made the step to teaching a natural one. Jane and Simon published their book 'We Need To Talk About The Funeral' in 2006. They began teaching funeral celebrancy in 2007 and funeral directing in 2008, joined by Angela Ward, Steve Nimmo and Angie McLachlan to create a highly experienced team of tutors.
Trainer Profiles

Learn From award winning 
celebrants & Directors 
 At our dedicated Training 
Centre In Devon 

Riverstone Hall – our teaching centre and funeral home


Accredited and experienced trainers active in all aspects of funeral directing and celebrants.

Strong Green Fuse Community

Private online groups offering students a mutual support network

Authentic setting

The training is held in a funeral home (except our Sheffield courses), to help immerse you in the subject of funerals.

Training materials

Exceptional manuals and course materials for each course so you can continue to learn.

Rich enviroment

Varied and enjoyable learning methods including lots of practical work and discussion

Small Groups

Small supportive groups that allow for personal attention – maximum 8
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Life and death are one, even as
the sea and the river are one.
Kahlil Gibran
Green Fuse Training centre
Riverstone, 18 Dart Mills, 
Totnes Road,
TQ11 0NF
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