For the present, due to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), all our trainings are suspended and all support and mentoring is now online. However, we are expecting to run ‘Focused On Funerals’ National Celebrancy Conference in October 2020 as planned. Meanwhile, Emma is focused on providing support for funeral celebrants who are working to keep serving bereaved families through remote working and responsible practice, observing social distancing so long as funeral services are going ahead and offering online services for those who cannot attend a funeral service.
If you have been bereaved and are looking for a celebrant to officiate a celebration of life service online, please click here. A celebrant can also guide you through the process of creating a ceremony which you can then lead yourself.
If you are a funeral director looking for a celebrant who offers online funeral and memorial ceremonies, please click here. Or if you are looking for information about the online services you can suggest to your clients/families, please click here for a useful guide.
Emma has established the Funeral Celebrants’ Support Network – if you are a celebrant and wish to join please click here. For up-to-date Guidelines for Funeral Celebrants in Response to Coronavirus from the Funeral Celebrancy Council, please click here. If you wish to apply to be listed on ukfunerals.online as a celebrant providing ceremonies online, please click here
Advanced trainings and Continuing Professional Development for Funeral Celebrants
Our trainings, from the Advanced Certificate in Bespoke Funeral Celebrancy to our one day trainings, are designed for celebrants and for people from a variety of professions working with bereaved people, including funeral directors, funeral arrangers, hospice workers, hospitals volunteers, medical professionals, mental health practitioners and other members of the community who wish to develop further skills
What you can learn through training with us
- Become more confident in your celebrancy skills
- Learn to write beautifully without generic scripts
- Develop a greater understanding of how people grieve
- Explore what your own life experience can offer to others at a time of challenge
- Develop your confidence and skill presenting and even singing
- Understand the difference between helping and serving others
- Enhance your ability to create a healthy professional relationship with both those who are grieving and your colleagues
- Receive specialist resources to support you in your professional practice
- Learn how to companion the bereaved in their grief
- Build professional resilience and develop self-care skills
- Understand how to create meaningful ceremonies within ceremonies
- Discover how ceremonies are changing to fit people’s individual needs
- Expand your knowledge of the latest developments in the understanding of grief, empathy and communication
- Learn how to earn more as a funeral celebrant and charge fairly for your skills.
- Meet others and become part of our tribe!
'Focused On Funerals' 2020, The National UK Funeral Celebrancy Conference for Continuing Professional Development - Inclusivity & Diversity
A weekend of workshops, talks and discussions about working with LGBTQIA+ people, addictions, mental health challenges, learning disability, survivors of suicide, family discord, and much more. Discovering how skilled interview techniques and details in ceremony writing can make all the difference. Learn more here and join us for the conference! Learn more here and join us for the conference!
Next course: register your interest and we’ll let you know as soon as we announce the next date
Can you imagine feeling more competent in difficult situations with people who are grieving? Would you like to know more about what recent research tells us about grief and how to work with the bereaved?
If you are going through grief after the death of someone close to you, this course might just help you move forward feeling stronger and more able to cope. We will concentrate on you rather than your work, as how you are feeling affects everything. Click here to find out when our next course begins
Next course: 1-2-1 to fit your schedule
Our signature training for those who wish to provide the highest level of service to their clients. An intense certificated one-2-one program with mentoring and tutoring to work to your strengths and support you all the way.
Next course: Thursday 20th May, Stroud
Feel more confident using your voice in public, for speaking or singing. A practical and fun one day workshop.
Learn by Doing
All our courses are interactive, a mixture of study and practice. We share all the most recent research in the field and give you the opportunity to explore techniques and tools in a supportive environment that is built for experimentation and learning.
Stay ahead of the curve
We are the first exclusive providers of CPD trainings for celebrants and people already working in the funeral professions. You already know what you are doing, and you do it well, we are helping you to excel in an ever more competitive environment.
Working towards excellence
We want you to have a successful business, and to be someone who makes all the difference to the people that you work with, and to feel good about what you do. We are proud to work in the funeral profession and to help you continue to love your work, feel aligned with your purpose and serve your community to the best of your ability.
Emma delivered with sensitivity, passion and fun, keeping everyone fully engaged from start to finish.
Many celebrants have already fed back that they have taken these new going skills away and applied them to their work in the wider field of celebrancy.
I know that you may have questions if you are looking to take CPD training with us for the first time. You may find the answers here, otherwise talk to us and we’ll help you to find a course that fits your needs.
Thank you Emma Curtis for your wonderful and inspiring creative writing session at the Convention. It encouraged me to try a new opening today, slightly out of my comfort/safe zone and ‘stretch myself’. At the funeral today it worked so well… The widow said that service was ‘brilliant’ and it was as if her husband was actually there.
Where are the courses held?
We are currently planning courses in London and the Midlands.
Do I need to be a celebrant or minister to take a course?
Our courses are programmed for celebrants and ministers in practice. They may be really useful for anyone working in relevant fields. The skills are transferrable to many other professions, including palliative care, bereavement workers, carers or just people with an interest in learning. If you are not a practicing funeral celebrant but would like to take one of our course, please email us.
Why should I be doing further training?
We have a duty to constantly improve the service that we currently provide to our clients. Also our courses will help you feel more confident and increase your sphere of knowledge and competence.
“Emma is wise and perceptive, compassionate and kind.”
Do I get a certification for CPD?
We offer all those who complete a course a certificate of attendance, stating the number of hours studied on that course.
Only the Advanced Certificate in Bespoke Funeral Celebrancy leads to a Certificate of Competence for those who achieve the required standard of professionalism and bespoke service.
Which celebrant organisations will accept this for my CPD requirement?
Talk to your membership organisaion about their CPD requirements. Ceremony Matters will give you a certificate for the hours of continuing professional development training you have completed.
How many hours of CPD do I earn?
Humanists UK accept Ceremony Matters CPD for their requirements. Ceremony Matters will give you a certificate of attendance for the hours of guided study on the program. Ask your registering organisation, as CPD allowances will vary between training and registration bodies.
Emma and Ceremony Matters in the News Media:
The Funeral Celebrant Accord
At Ceremony Matters we aspire to the highest standards: for ourselves and the celebrants that we train, in the service our clients. We have Adopted The Accord.
‘Amy* was just 21 years old when her close childhood friend Lydia* took her own life two years ago. “I went through so many different feelings and emotions – complete grief and sadness, mixed with anger and guilt,” she explains.
“Obviously you feel that grief, loss and sadness when you lose anybody, but it was worse as she was so young, with her whole life ahead of her. I was constantly asking myself ‘what if …?’ and I was angry that she’d made this choice, and left her family and friends in this situation,” she adds.
“It felt wrong to be angry, but it was an overwhelming feeling, and it was reassuring to know others felt like this too. Rightly or wrongly though, I also felt angry towards her family and her university friends because they all knew what was going on and how vulnerable she was, yet she was left by herself. I wish I had known and could have done something,” Amy says. (read more)’
‘Pop, classical, or maybe even a little avant-garde freestyle jazz? What music would you want to be played at your funeral?
Thinking about your own send-off might be something you’d typically put off, like visiting your bank manager or sorting out that bit of sealant around the bath that’s needed doing for ages.
But music is an integral part of celebrating a person’s life — of reflecting on who they really were, what they loved, what mattered to them. It can be a poignant, hankies-at-the-ready tribute, or a way of acknowledging their wonderful foibles. Coming up with your own funeral playlist is also a way of helping your friends and families with difficult decisions at a painful time… (read more)’