What can I say!? Thank you so much Jane and Simon. You have done a great job. My first funeral as a celebrant, and even the crematorium phoned to say thanks and what a good job it was, professional to the tiniest detail. That's a tribute to you and the thoroughness of your training. Most important was the family. They had a funeral that they felt really honoured their son and his life. To have helped in a small way to deal with this horrendous tragedy was a privilege. This is absolutely the most amazing, profound and meaningful job I have ever done."
Main image: Glass artist Arabella Marshall
Many people now are looking for a more personal funeral ceremony, without the services of a priest, but we believe the bereaved still value and appreciate a funeral which includes a sense of sacred ritual to mark the end of a life and the transition of spirit. A funeral with heart and soul is defined by the person who has died and the family who remain, marking this most significant event with words and rituals which are meaningful to family and friends, because based in their culture and lifestyle. It celebrates the person who has died, and it enables grief to flow.
Green Fuse, pioneers in the funeral sector, created this training course to offer the highest professional standards and Diploma level academic qualification available in Funeral Celebrants' Training in the UK. But just as important, we uniquely balanced with transformative ritual, and a deep feeling for the sacred and the beauty of life.
You could train with us if, with the right support and training, you feel you could hold a family in their grief, listen carefully so you know what they want, write an accurate and beautiful script, include a sense of the sacred and ritual and deliver this with calm reassurance. Our aim is to help you to be the best celebrant you can be in your own way.
Our in-depth training of five contact days and six months of tutor supervised distance learning gives you the appropriate time to delve deeply into the work. We create a safe space in which you can explore the issues of death and dying, caring for the bereaved. as well as thoroughly cover all aspects of being a funeral celebrant. You learn through active workshops, discussion and written work, exploring the structure and purpose of a funeral; listening well to a family; how to create ritual; writing a ceremonial script; personal presentation and business and marketing.
To facilitate learning you are supported with two tutors in every session. Work is assessed with a variety of assignments and on successful completion you will be awarded an externally accredited and nationally recognised Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy. You will be given a range of supporting materials from handbooks to marketing tools and you will have a tutor who will support you throughout the training and your first five funerals, giving one to one guidance. Our classes are small to encourage discussion and sharing and we also offer continuing personal development as well as membership of our web based Green Fuse Funeral Celebrants' community, which is a very active and amazing resource. Once you have completed the course you become a part of the Green Fuse Funeral Celebrants' Guild, renowned for our high standards and assurance of quality to funeral directors and the public.
Our main trainers, Jane Morrell, Simon Smith and Basira Ward are Funeral Celebrants and award winning Funeral Directors and have huge experience in modern funerals as well as related qualifications in Funeral Services, Celebrancy, Rites of Passage and Comparative Religion. We always bring new ideas and experiences to each course, and a unique set of skills from other careers including counselling and psychotherapy, leadership, drama, teaching, floristry, performance and singing.
We believe beauty and ritual are an essential part of the Modern Funeral Ceremony and we approach funeral work with reverence and care in order to help families create a meaningful service for the person who has died.
If you feel excited having read this, but perhaps also a little daunted, then you are the person we are looking for to join our values-led Green Fuse family. You will be a well-supported self-employed person, part of a community committed to improving the standard of funerals in the UK.
Your Course fees cover everything you will need in your first year as a celebrant, including:
All this training and support is only £1,650.00, and we offer a range of payment options to help spread the cost. The most important thing to us is that you embark on your journey and move forward towards your goal.
Call Simon or Jane on 01803 840779 to discuss how we can help.
We believe that a thorough and professional training is needed in order to fulfil this important and multifaceted role. This fully accredited Diploma will give you six months to build your confidence, knowledge and skills and to get to grips with what it is like to work with newly bereaved people and manage your own feelings. It will challenge you and give you a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment. This is not something you can learn in a weekend. We don't think that is fair on the families who rely on celebrants to help them create wonderful funeral ceremonies.
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