Members' Activities

FCAA generally holds four forums a year with guest speakers or other training activities.

We publish a monthly e-newsletter for members. 

A Professional Development (PD) Day is generally held in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Qld each year.

A conference is held every second year.

On occasion, site tours and visits are held.  These may be to cemeteries, crematoria, coroner’s court, supplier premises and other places of interest to funeral celebrancy.



Tues 28 February               Forum and 2016 Annual General Meeting, Sydney 7pm-9m Venue TBA 

Sat/Sun 6 & 7 May             2017 Conference, Sydney, NSW

Tues 22 August                   Sydney Forum

Tues 28 November             Sydney Forum

Time 6.30pm for 7pm sharp start (finish 9pm)
Tea and coffee will be available from 6.30pm
Guests are welcome – cost $30
If a guest joins FCAA on the night ($125pa or pro-rata fee) there is no additional charge

email funeralcelebrants [at]



Books recommended by FCAA members to help in funeral celebrant practice.

"The Funeral Celebrant’s Handbook" by Barry H. Young - Australian author
"Funerals Without God"by Jane Wynne Willson, (British Humanist Association)
"Rituals for Life, Love & Loss" by Dorothy McRae-McMahon (Jane Curry Publishing) 
"In Memoriam "by Edward Searl (Skinner House Books)
"The Practical Handbook for Celebrant to Welcome, Celebrante and Farewell" by Ruth Van Gramberg (published by Longueville Books - Australian author.)
"Saying Farewell to Those We Love" - A collection of scripture, poetry & prose -  by Barry H. Young
"Sweet Sorrow" by Mark Wakeley (ABC books)
"Creating Meaningful Funeral Experiences" by Alan Wolfers 
"Remembering Well" by Sarah York
"Dying to Know - Bringing Death to Life" by the creative team from Pilotlight
"When We Remember" by Melissa Abraham - our presenter at the November 2008 Forum
"Grave Expectations" by Sue Bailey & Carmen Flowers, (Cider Mill Press) - A guide to planning your own funeral with all of the options explained.
"Rest Assured" by Rosemary Long & Trudy Coffey, (The Federation Press) - A legal guide to Wills, Estates and Funerals in New South Wales
"Coping with Grief" by Mal McKissock, (ABC Books)


The Memory Garden books by Natasha Samy, released 2016