Funeral Celebrancy is a rewarding and challenging occupation, and as many celebrants will tell you, it can be hard to find ongoing work. Like any business, it is vital to research your local market.
Here’s some pointers:
- List the attributes of a good funeral celebrant. Reflect on services you have attended and list the good and not so good points
- Do local market research. Who is currently conducting funerals? Where are services generally held? What is the need in your local area?
- Meet with local Funeral Celebrants – what are their experiences? (Note - it is important to have a back up celebrant in case of emergency!)
- Meet with local funeral directors and discuss the industry
- Attend services
- Research cultural services
- Talk with friends who have organised funeral services for loved ones. What were their experiences? What can you learn from this?
- What community support is there for funeral celebrancy? HINT! Our association is a good start!
- Internet search Australian and international funeral trends
- Locate resources – Australian author Barry Young’s The Funeral Celebrant Handbook is a good start.
- What are your income expectations? Is this viable given your local research?
- Draft a budget and marketing plan. Consider joining local celebrant/chamber of commerce networks.
There are numerous Funeral Celebrant training courses offered around Australia.
Contact the providers and ask for details of their course. Ask for the names of participants and speak with them about the course and their experiences. If possible, meet with them and have a coffee. Our association offers training providers with a complimentary FCAA Forum attendance voucher to give to students (valued at $35).
We do not recommend or endorse any provider.
Funeral Celebrants are not registered or accedited with any government regulator in Australia. However as a celebrant you are required to meet all applicable laws including Australian Consumer Law, Copyright, Privacy, Discrimination and Taxation to name a few.
Resources for Funeral Celebrants
|The Funeral Celebrant’s Handbook||Barry H. Young|
|Saying Farewell to Those We Love||Barry H Young|
|The Practical Handbook for Celebrant to Welcome, Celebrate and Farewell||Ruth Van Gramberg|
|Funerals Without God||Jane Wynne Willson (British Humanist Association)|
|Rituals for Life, Love & Loss||Dorothy McRae-McMahon|
|In Memoriam||Edward Searl|
|Funeral Rites||Robert Larkin|
|Sweet Sorrow||Mark Wakeley (ABC books)|
|Creating Meaningful Funeral Experiences||Alan Wolfers|
|Remembering Well||Sarah York|
|Dying to Know - Bringing Death to Life||Pilotlight|
|Grave Expectations||Sue Bailey & Carmen Flowers|
|Rest Assured - a NSW legal guide||Rosemary Long & Trudy Coffey|
|Coping with Grief||Mal McKissock|
|What Happens When You Die?||Robyn O’Çonnell|