Saturday only ‘Focused On Funerals’ Inclusivity & Diversity Conference 10 October 2020


Inclusivity & Diversity Day 1:
Non-binary lives, LGBTQIA+ Experiences, Difficult Dynamics, Family Meetings and a very special ceremony.
10.00 till 5.30pm

Conference Saturday:
Inclusivity & Diversity Day 1: Non-binary lives, LGBTQIA+, Difficult Dynamics, Family Meetings and a very special ceremony.
10.00 till 5.30pm

“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities”
– Stephen R Covey

In the morning we will have talks from Emma, and from Angie McLachlan an experienced celebrant who was also an embalmer through the AIDS crisis of the 1990s and Ash Hayhurst, an openly transgender man who is a funeral arranger for a prominent London independent funeral directors.

The talks and discussion sessions will cover not only issues relevant to LGBTQIA people, but to any situation were diversity causes disenfranchisement, estrangement or discord within families. We will learn and discuss what we, as celebrants, can do to make sure that the ceremony we prepare is relevant to all. The afternoon session will be an interactive workshop focused around interview style and how to get great information about a person who fits no boxes. We will close with a unique ceremony to demonstrate the importance of understanding non-binary life.

Topics that we will discuss:

  • Appreciating that there are a multitude of ways in which people can feel disenfranchised or excluded
  • Understanding how we can use neutral language to be inclusive of everyone
  • Becoming aware of a non-binary perspective on life, and death
  • Looking back at what history has taught us about stigmatised communities
  • Being mindful of confidentiality while supporting LGBTQIA people
  • Exploring why it is important to respect someone’s confidentiality after they die
  • Learning how the Gender Recognition Act affect the way we work as funeral celebrants
  • Gain insight into how we can support transgender diverse people
  • Find out how to navigate delicate conversations
  • Opportunities to ask questions that you have needed to ask
  • Finding our confidence as professional and managing the fear of “putting our foot in it”

Share your stories and your experience, and discover that we can be more resilient and confident when we support each other

Celebrancy is becoming more competitive, but supportive alliances can help us stay strong and doing our best work.

After Saturday’s sessions embrace the opportunity to really relax and rest, before we all meet for in the evening for a scrumptious dinner. There’s a spa, a pool, steam room and jacuzzi, and even a bowling ally.

Give yourself at treat, look after you, and get what you need from your time with us. Advice and support will be available all day.

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