Green Fuse Celebrants’ Guild
What you can expect from a celebrant trained by Green Fuse
Green Fuse Funeral Training has launched a Guild for the independent funeral celebrants it has trained, which includes a Code of Conduct and a group professional indemnity insurance scheme.
Green Fuse now has funeral celebrants in most English counties, and Scotland and Wales. The celebrants receive five days of face-to-face training in two blocks, with three months’ study between in which they undertake assignments and time to complete assignments after. Most take 6-12 months to complete their Level 3 Diploma. They are available to lead funerals based on the life, values and beliefs of the person who has died, recognising that the majority of people are not affiliated to any formal religion but may still have spiritual beliefs. They receive supervision for their first five funerals and have a strong support network thereafter.
The Code of Conduct
All members pledge to abide by this code of conduct, by which they agree to:
1. Act to a high standard of professional and personal conduct in their capacity as a celebrant.
2. Work closely with their clients to write and deliver an appropriate and well-structured ceremony according to the reasonable wishes of the client, and which accurately reflects the life, character, beliefs and values of the person who has died.
3. Endeavour, whereever practicable, to have a face-to-face meeting with the client in their home before writing the funeral.
4. Give due consideration to the needs of each ceremony and to write each script from scratch to be an entirely unique funeral ceremony.
5. Use best endeavours to provide the client with a written draft transcript of the ceremony prior to the funeral if they would like to see one, and take into account any feedback and required amendments.
6. Encourage and be open to the participation of family and friends in the preparation and delivery of the ceremony.
7. Respect the cultural and spiritual beliefs of the person who has died and reflect these in the ceremony, and not promote their own beliefs in any part of their work.
8. Provide accurate information concerning the services they offer, the prices of the services, and responsibilities accepted on behalf of clients.
10. Liaise efficiently and maintain good working relationships with other professionals to ensure the smooth running of the ceremony.
11. Deliver the ceremony to a high professional standard and within any prescribed timescale, as far as that is within the celebrant’s control.
12. Respect and take reasonable steps to maintain confidentiality of all information received in the course of their work
For further information please call Simon Smith on 01803 840779.