Green Fuse – award winning funeral directors and celebrants
- Accredited and experienced trainers active in all aspects of funeral directing and celebrants.
- All trainers are funeral directors and celebrants in their daily work.
- The training is held in a funeral home, to immerse you in the subject of funerals.
- Exceptional manuals and course materials for each course.
- Varied and enjoyable learning methods including lots of practical work and discussion.
- Small groups – maximum 8.
- Green Fuse have been pioneers in changing the quality of funerals since 1999 and voted Good Funeral Guide FD of the Year.
Changing the face of funerals
Green Fuse has been changing the face of funerals by training over 250 funeral celebrants and 200 funeral directors / arrangers since 2008 and through its award winning funeral directing services since 1999 and through our book “We Need To Talk About The Funeral”.
Many people now are looking for a more personal funeral experience, and 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 based 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, and contains a sense of the sacred and ritual.
Come and train with us if, with the right support and teaching, you feel you could kindly accompany a grieving family, listen carefully to what they want, and help them to put together the right funeral for the person who has died with warmth and calm reassurance. Our aim is to help you to be the best you can be in your own way as a funeral director or celebrant. And we will support you all the way, beyond the end of the course.
Our dedication to you is unsurpassed as we want you to go the extra mile for each family. To facilitate learning we have small groups of up to 8; you are supported with two tutors in every session. We create a safe space in which you can explore the issues of death and dying and caring for the bereaved.
You learn through active workshops, discussion and written work. We value your experiences and the culture in which you will be working.
Our main trainers, Jane Morrell, Simon Smith, Basira Ward and Steve Nimmo are active Funeral Directors running their own businesses and celebrants, with much experience in modern and traditional funerals as well as related qualifications in Funeral Services, Celebrancy, Rites of Passage, Comparative Religion and education. We always bring our new experiences to each course, and a unique set of skills from other careers including counselling and psychotherapy, leadership, drama, floristry and performance.
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 community, committed to improving the standard and changing the face of funerals in the UK.
Who We Are
Jane Morrell and Simon Smith founded Green Fuse in 1999 with a vision to align funerals with changing social trends and attitudes towards death in their local community. They continue to run their funeral directing business, Heart & Soul Funerals. Green Fuse has been described by Robert Lodge of Lodge Brothers as “the leaders in contemporary funerals”. In 2006 they wrote the acclaimed book We Need To Talk About The Funeral – 101 Practical Ways To Commemorate and Celebrate A Life.
In 2007 Jane and Simon began training funeral celebrants and directors and have now trained over 500 people across the UK and abroad. Simon wrote and facilitated training programmes in leadership and management between 1997 for Parcelforce, the NHS and others.
They both hold Psychotherapeutic Counselling Diploma. Jane trained in ceremony and ritual with Welfare State International. Simon holds the Foundation Degree In Funeral Services from Bath University and is an accredited member of and professional membership of the Society of Bereavement Practitioners.
Jane and Simon were jointly awarded Funeral Directors of the year
Basira Ward (aka Angela Ward) is a full course trainer on the Funeral Celebrant Diploma and is a Course Development Director. Basira is an experienced funeral celebrant who trained with Green Fuse in 2008.
Actor, Pete Joscelyne adds the presentation skill and presence elements to the Funeral Celebrant Diploma training.
Stephen Nimmo holds the Degree in Funeral Services from Bath University.
He trains on our Modern Funeral Director, Starting Your Own Funeral Business and Managing the Funeral Process courses.
He has worked in the funeral industry since 1997 and in 2000 joined a family firm undertaking in the region of 1500 funerals per year and was personally responsible for around 250 per year with responsibilities for staffing and fleet.
In 2002 Steve joined the Kenyon Emergency Services team, and was involved in emergency and mass fatality responses in the UK and abroad. In 2003 he became involved in overseeing the ceremonial repatriation of British War Dead to the UK from Iraq and Afghanistan. He received the Ministry Of Defence Medal For Repatriation in 2008.
In 2010 Steve created Chester Pearce Associates Limited, to provide a range of bereavement services including specialist funeral directing and training.
MA (Distinction) in Religion: The Rhetoric and Rituals of Death,
BA (Hons) in Death Loss and Palliative Care
She runs our Care and Management of The Body course.
Having worked with and around death for the last 24 years, Angie holds an informed and unique perspective on mortality, death and caring for the dead. She has undertaken most of the practical tasks relating to funerals, including as a premises inspector for a Funeral Trade Organisation. She is a member of the British Institute of Embalmers, the European Association of Embalmers and is a member of Dying Matters Coalition. Angie started her PhD in September 2012 and received an ‘Academic Excellence Award’. Angie is also an ordained priest in The Liberal Catholic Church International. Angie now concentrates on practical tutoring with her Death Dummy Ichabod Smith. She was pleased that her unique work has been recognised, as in 2015, she was honoured to be among the 5 finalists in the Good Funeral Award category: ‘Major Contribution to the Understanding of Death.’