5-Day CTS Certificate in Funeral Celebrancy
Fee = £995 (maximum 6 students)
21st – 25th September 2020
Course Tutor: Lindy Irving
5-Day CPS Certificate in Funeral Celebrancy Fee = £995
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Topics Covered on the 5 Day Certificate in Funeral Celebrancy:
DAY 1– BUILDING THE FOUNDATIONS
Introductions – 3 Minute Presentation
The Best Job in the World! A look at being a Funeral Celebrant in 2020.
What Makes a Good Funeral Celebrant
Structure of a Funeral Service
Different Types of Funeral Services: Cremation/ Burial/ Memorial/ Direct Cremations/ Two-part Services/ Double Slot Services
Memorial & Remembrance Services
Readings and Poetry
Working with Music
Emotional and spiritual intelligence skills
Venues – Crematoriums, Graveside, Hotels, Community Halls, Home.
When things go wrong (and they will!)
Using Technology – Music/ Photo Slideshows/
Religion/ Spirituality/ Humanism
CTS Best Practice
Funeral Service Example 1
Q&A & Homework
DAY 2 – WORKING WITH FAMILIES
From the Phone call to the Delivery – The Process of a Funeral Service.
The Family Visit
Questioning & Listening Skills
Building Rapport – Emotional Intelligence
Challenges of a Family Visit
Babies, Young Deaths and Suicide
Working with Difficult Families
When there are no family members/information
Funeral Service Example 2
Q&A & Homework
DAY 3 – WRITING & DELIVERING
How to Write a Personal & Life-Centered Eulogy
How to Create a Service that Reflects the Family’s Values, Wishes & Beliefs
How to Make Each Ceremony Personal & Meaningful
The Power of Storytelling
Symbolism and Ritual in Ceremony
Holding a Space
Professional Speaking Skills – Stepping Away from the Lectern
Time Management Skills
Finding & Developing Your Style
Funeral Service Example 3
Q&A & Homework
Day 4 – BUSINESS SKILLS
Running a Funeral Celebrancy Business
Marketing & Advertising
Tax and NI
Public Liability Insurance
Pricing your Ceremonies
Approaching and working with Funeral Directors
Appearance & Branding
Importance of Good Communication in Business
Funeral Director Q&A (your chance to ask a local Funeral Director any questions you might have (subject to availability)
Creating a Business Plan for the Future
Disclosure/ Insurance/ Supervision/Professional Memberships/ CPD
Networking & Support
Future CPD (students are entitled to 50% off CPD Workshops)
Q&A & Homework
Day 5 – DAY OF PRACTICE & PRESENTATIONS
As students go through the course they will put together a 20-minute Funeral Service with Eulogy and each student will deliver a (mock) service on day 5.
Following the course, you will be offered a 1 Day Shadowing opportunity (conditions apply). You will also be given one-to-one feedback, and you will be invited to join the CTS Private Facebook page where you will find lots of hints, tips, advice and videos.
Students can also have a listing on the ‘Find a Celebrant’ page of the CTS website.
What Do I need to Join the Course?
While there are no formal qualifications required to be a Celebrant in the UK, there are a number of important attributes that are desired:
The course is held in Stirling, and runs from 9am (sharp) until 5pm with breaks for lunch and dinner. Tea, Coffee and Lunch is included in the course fee, but there are also cafes & restaurants nearby should you prefer to have some quiet time.
Q & A
1. Is the training accredited?
The training is not accredited. However, there is no current requirement for Funeral Celebrants to be accredited.
2. Do I need any qualifications to become a student on the course?
There are no formal qualifications needed, but there are a number of personal qualities that are desired. See these listed above. All students are required to complete a 1-Day Public Speaking Bootcamp prior to attending the training.
3. Is Travel & Accommodation provided on the course?
Travel & Accommodation in not provided in the course fee.
4. Are Training Materials provided?
Yes, you will be provided with access to pre-course materials and all session notes.
5. Can I record the course sessions?
Audio & Video Recording are not permitted.
6. Will there be any pre-course work?
Yes! There will be a pre-course Skype session to begin looking at some of the course material. This is planned for August 2020.
7. Will there be any ongoing support for Celebrants?
Yes, we have an active private FB group for CTS students where I post lots of helpful videos and where you can ask questions, seek help, and share your success. As well as these online resources and regular CPD Sessions, we have a monthly Celebrant meet-up in Stirling, and students can email or phone for any advice related to their training.