Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Celebrants Help Create Meaningful Services

Doug Manning
Many people today have no church affiliation and find that they need someone to conduct the funeral or memorial services for their loved ones. Doug Manning of In-sight Books has found a solution for these people. Whether a family desires a service involving spirituality, religion or a purely secular service, Celebrants are trained to create meaningful and personalized services.
Five years ago, I went through the training and became a certified Celebrant. I have helped families to create services that are meaningful and personalized to their needs. Though my other duties preclude me from being very active in Celebrant work, I would recommend the training to any funeral director because it teaches you many ways to connect better with families and craft services to fit them.

An In-Sight Institute Certified Celebrant is a person who has been trained and certified through the In-Sight Institute to meet the needs of families during their time of loss. A Funeral Celebrant serves by providing a funeral service, memorial service or tribute that is personalized and individualized to reflect the personality and life-style of the deceased after consultation with the family and loved ones and coordination with the funeral home.
The Celebrant meets with the family to offer guidance and consulting while planning a personalized and meaningful funeral to honor the loved one. Whenever possible, the Celebrant will also have a Family Time for sharing of stories and memories. A Celebrant has a wide library of resources for readings, music and other special ceremonies to help the family design a service that honors the life.
-from the Celebrant website. for more information, or to find a Celebrant in your area visit

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