Two day weekend ‘Focused On Funerals’ Inclusivity & Diversity Conference 10 & 11 October 2020
A weekend of workshops, talks and discussions about working with LGBTQIA+ people, addictions, mental health challenges, learning disability, survivors of suicide, family discord, and more. Discovering how skilled interview techniques and details in ceremony writing can make all the difference.
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.
Inclusivity & Diversity Day 2: Alcoholism and Addiction, Approaches to Disability, Mental Health Issues and working with Suicide Survivors, Creative Ceremony Writing in Difficult Circumstances.
"We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams."
- Jimmy Carter
On day 2 of our conference we bring the learning and discussions from day 1 into how we approach serving clients and families affected by other issues that have often been stigmatised in our culture: alcoholism and addiction, disability, mental heath issues, neurobiological differences and suicide.
Nick Laurie and David Miles, both funeral celebrants for many years, will be presenting their areas of expertise which have informed their celebrancy practices. Nick is a Somerset based celebrant, specialist in working with families affected by addiction. David, a winner of The Good Funeral Award for Celebrant of the Year, will talk about Approaches to Disability. There will be a panel to discuss working with families affected by disability and mental health issues, and how we approach ceremony writing in exceptional circumstances.
Emma Curtis has become well respected for her really popular creative writing workshops. In the afternoon she will lead a session in creative ceremony writing bringing together the many threads of the weekends program and focused on how we write to create ceremonies that are as helpful as possible in difficult circumstances. Be prepared to write, bring your laptop if you wish, dare to get off script and write something totally unique and person-centred.
This is the best time to try something special with no 'real' client to answer to and a fantastic creative environment. There will be plenty of support for anyone who is abandoning their own script for the first time. No matter how you write your ceremonies now, you'll be inspired to put your client/family right at the centre and create something especially beneficial and beautiful for them.
- Learn from first hand experience of our expert presenters
- Consider how being more flexible to the needs of our clients can also benefit us as we work
- Understand how we can be more aware of the diversity of mourners listening to our service
- Discover a social approach to disability
- Learn how to make everyone feel included and no one feel excluded by the ceremony we've prepared
- Observe how we can find paths between simply good and bad, right and wrong, success and failure as we develop trust with our clients and families,
- Learn about the unique difficulties facing a funeral celebrant in the preparation of a ceremony for someone who died by suicide
- A chance to write and try out new ideas by presenting your work to a great crowd of colleagues if you wish
The atmosphere at last years conference was amazing and celebrants found it so useful and supportive. Join us this year to discover what it's like to be part of a face-to-face community of celebrants who are all dedicated to a person-centred approach to creating funerals. It’s going to be a packed day and you’ll leave with new tools and ideas you are excited to try.
We are so excited to be able to offer you this weekend conference that we have an Amazing Early Bird Sale for early booking, offering a great 20% discount.
A downloadable CPD certificate will be available after the conference