What Is The Role Of A Funeral Celebrant?


    In short, a funeral celebrant is a funeral officiant that officiates funeral services. Typically, they organise and conduct funerals, supporting the needs of bereaved families throughout every stage of the funeral process. The ultimate aim is to celebrate the life of the person who has died, remembering the impact that had on the people around them. 

    Funeral celebrants are typically required when someone is needed to take charge of the main speaking role within a funeral service. They can often be very flexible, accounting for the specific form that the funeral will take. 

    They also help to construct and form the overall structure for the ceremony, helping with everything from start to finish. This involves liaising with the family to generate a picture of the deceased, allowing them to create an amazing event to celebrate the life of the person in question. 

    Although the funeral celebrant does conduct the ceremony, they do so much more than that for many families. The support of the celebrant allows the event to develop and take structure, during a time where the family is suffering greatly. They often become a temporary member of the family, aiding with ideas and support throughout.

    Funeral celebrants can be seen as someone who ‘lighten the load’ when it comes to the pile of work that often comes with organising an event of this size. Normally, spending time with the celebrant just a few days after the death of a loved one can be very hard. However, funeral celebrants help to communicate in an effective and respectful way, stitching together different memories and moments from their life. 

    Funeral celebrants can take many different approaches to both non-religious and religious ceremonies. A service is more structured, whereas a ceremony is deeply personalised. Therefore, celebrants are also great writers and story tellers, truly highlighting the joy and happiness the deceased brought into everyone’s lives. 

    Ultimately, a good funeral ceremony, conducted by a celebrant with passion and understanding, will deliver an unforgettable moment and perfect end to the life of any loved one or family member. They leave the family and friends at peace in the fact that they have now transitioned from grief and pain towards a long process of healing and acceptance. 

    As you can imagine, the career path of celebrancy is a truly rewarding one. If you’d like to learn more about this fulfilling career, then visit our website today. 

    Jennifer Claire

    Jennifer is the Director of the leading celebrant training company, The Academy of Modern Celebrancy as well as the Founder of The Celebrant Directory, supporting over 600 celebrants globally.

    Jennifer run a 2.5k community of celebrants who she dedicates her time to helping them grow their businesses and taking celebrancy from a hobby to a lifestyle.

    Jennifer heads up the global Celebrant Industry Awards and the global celebrant summit, Celebrantopia each year!

    A celebrant herself since 2010, she knows what it takes to make it in the industry and trains the best celebrants out there across the UK, Europe and the USA.

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