What Funeral Celebrants Do

Jul 1, 2013 | 1 comment

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A growing number of “spiritual but not religious” families are turning to Funeral Celebrants to create meaningful memorial services.

According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, one-fifth of the U.S. public – and a third of adults under age 30 – are religiously unaffiliated today. The growing number of Americans choosing “None” as their religious affiliation impacts families when a death occurs and they don’t know what to do for a funeral or memorial service.

That’s why more people are turning to Certified Celebrants to officiate at funerals. A Celebrant seeks to meet the needs of families during their time of loss by creating a personalized funeral service that reflects the personality and lifestyle of the deceased.

Doug Manning, a former minister who brought the Celebrant concept to the United States, and Glenda Stansbury, who heads up In-Sight Institute Celebrant training, will discuss the Celebrant movement on A Good Goodbye Radio this Wednesday, July 3. Download the podcast!

During the interview, Manning and Stansbury will reveal:

  • The most healing thing you can say to somebody who’s grieving;
  • What makes the services of a Celebrant different from those of a clergy person;
  • Where and why the Celebrant movement got started;
  • How Celebrants work with families to create personalized memorial services;
  • How to become a Certified Celebrant.

A Good Goodbye is an entertaining and educational weekly 60-minute online radio show on “everything you need to know before you go.” A Good Goodbye program podcasts can be downloaded from iTunes or from AGoodGoodbye.com.

A Good Goodbye covers a wide range of critical information most people don’t consider until there’s a death in the family. Topics to be discussed on upcoming programs include: personalization of funerals (July 10), the purposes and practices of death rituals (July 17), life planning and estate issues (July 24), and Jewish funeral traditions (July 31).

By planning ahead and having a conversation, families can reduce stress at a time of grief, minimize family conflict, save money and create a meaningful, memorable “good goodbye.” Host Gail Rubin brings a light touch to a serious subject and presents expert interviews on funeral planning issues with practical insights into the party no one wants to plan.

Sign up for a free planning form and get more information at www.AGoodGoodbye.com.

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