How is a Funeral Celebrant unique?
The Funeral Celebrant's mission is to create a ceremony that reflects the wishes, beliefs, cultural background and values - religious or non-religious - of your loved one and your family. You have complete choice of and final approval over the ceremony. Nothing is imposed on you.
Above all, a Celebrant funeral reflects the wishes of the family and the deceased. A Celebrant funeral honors death and celebrates life.
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People's Handbook to Creating End-of-Life & Funeral Ceremonies for 2020 and Beyond
Since the beginning of time our human spirit has hungered for meaning and community as a resilient species, we are both imaginative and adaptive - and will continue to be. During these difficult times we are experiencing now we at the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, offer these resources in this free handbook that brings attention to a new breed of end-of-life ceremonies that has emerged that can be both creative and traditional, and are providing comfort and connection for many people. The Celebrant Foundation & Institute (CF&I a NJ non-profit educational organization) certified Funeral Celebrants have for over two decades, served through many challenging times and are honored to share their professional knowledge and experience to assist those of us who need this heartful and much needed end-of-life expert guidance.
– Celebrant Foundation & Institute www.celebrantinstitute.org
The Celebrant spends hours creating the ceremony and learning about your loved one in unhurried meetings with designated family and friends. In collaboration with you, your Celebrant will carefully craft a eulogy and create a ceremony with music, quotes, readings, unique symbols and rituals. No ceremony is delivered unless every detail of the eulogy is checked and approved by the family.
With compassion, sincerity and great care, the Celebrant officiates at the ceremony at the funeral home, crematorium, cemetery or memorial location of your choice. After the funeral, the Celebrant presents your family with a beautiful copy of the ceremony as a keepsake.
Funeral Celebrants are ceremony specialists who have a sound background in the history of ritual, ceremony and funeral traditions in many cultures and religions. Funeral Celebrants have been drawn to this work by a strong realization that every life has meaning and deserves to be celebrated and celebrated well. Many have experienced grief themselves. All are convinced that funerals can be a valuable source of healing. Nothing can take away the grief, but a genuine, wellprepared tribute may ease the pain.
"Whether your family is secular, religious, spiritual or interfaith, or if you simply wish to express yourself in a manner of your own choosing, a Celebrant can help to create a meaningful, memorable, fitting end of life tribute. We are so thankful to the Celebrant Foundation. The funeral ceremony for our dad truly celebrated his life, our family history and paid tribute to his military service in WWII, including his being awarded and decorated with the Purple Heart Badge of Military Merit."
~ sisters Deborah and Denise
To locate a Celebrant near you or to learn how to become a Celebrant, visit us at www.celebrantinstitute.org. The Celebrant Foundation & Institute is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to helping individuals, couples, families and communities mark life's milestones with personalized ceremonies.
Celebrants have performed over one million ceremonies worldwide. Celebrants officiate at virtually every life event, including weddings and commitments, funerals and memorials, baby namings and adoptions. With a focus on personalizing each ceremony to reflect the needs, beliefs and values of the couple or family, Celebrants are trained in the art of ceremony.
Gaile Sarma, Executive Director
Charlotte Eulette, International Director