Funeral Celebrancy is a rewarding and challenging occupation, and as many Celebrants will tell you, it can be hard finding ongoing work. Like any business, it is vital to research your local market. Here are some tips to consider:
List the attributes of a good funeral celebrant. Reflect on services you have attended and list the good and not so good points
Do market research. Who is currently conducting funerals? Where are services generally held? What is the need in your local area?
Meet with Funeral Celebrants – what are their experiences? (Note - it is important to have a back up celebrant in case of emergency!)
Meet with funeral directors and discuss the industry
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.
We recommend you write a list of your Funeral Celebrant business expectations, then conduct the above research. For more, download our Want to Be A Funeral Celebrant document.
Funeral Celebrant Registration
Funeral Celebrants are not registered or accredited by any regulator in Australia.
However, as a Celebrant you are required to meet all applicable laws including Australian Consumer Law, privacy, copyright, discrimination and taxation to name a few.
A funeral doesn’t bring a sense of happiness and fun,
instead, it fills the mourners’ hearts with dread
Because the notion that exists within the minds of everyone,
is that a person whom they cared about is dead.
We know life’s not forever, you can’t last eternally,
and in our ‘daily grind’ we turn the other cheek
But way down deep we understand you die eventually…
in years, or even decades… not next week!
When loved ones go, their families seek help from those who know
how to deal with the ‘arrangements’ and the grief
They crave a Funeral Celebrant to talk with them and show
how to find peace, consolation and relief.
But Funeral Celebrants abound when you go searching on the ‘net;
there’s so many that it’s difficult to find one who’s sensitive, compassionate, considerate and yet,
There’s one way to ensure great peace of mind, just click onto the website of the FC double A,
Its Celebrant Members have everything you need
to organise a warm and fond farewell in such a way to give you total satisfaction. Guaranteed!