What is A Celebrant?

Certified Celebrants
What Is A Celebrant?

A Celebrant is a person who is trained and certified to meet the needs of families during their time of loss. A Celebrant serves by providing a funeral service that is personalized to reflect the personality and life-style of the deceased. Bob was trained in Indianapolis, Indiana in August of 2011 by the In-Sight Institute of Oklahoma.

A recent service where we FaceTimed to England and Australia. Notice the iPhone and iPad in the right of the photo.
A service I performed at the request of a co-worker to honor her Grandmother. The Theme was "Over The Rainbow."

What Does A Certified Funeral Celebrant Offer Families?

1. A Celebrant offers an alternative to a service provided by a clergy person for those families who are not affiliated with a church or who do not wish to have a traditional funeral service

2. A Celebrant has been specifically trained to design a service that is completely personal, incorporating those unique stories, songs and experiences that defined the loved one

3. A Celebrant will schedule a special family time for the family to share memories, anecdotes and special moments in the loved ones life. The essence of the service will be based upon the remembrances of the family.

4. A Celebrant has a library of resources available for readings, music, ceremonies and personal touches.  The celebrant will consult with the family to help design a service that best reflects and memorializes the life of their loved one.

  1. A Celebrant is bound by a code of ethics for complete confidentiality in all dealings with the family.
  2. A Celebrant can serve at a funeral service, memorial service, graveside service, anniversary tribute, tree planting, bench dedication or any other gathering designed to honor the deceased.

Why Use A Certified Funeral Celebrant?

The training for Celebrants established by In-Sight Institute seeks to provide the most comprehensive and sensitive training available for people wishing to develop this as a profession or to add to their current job description.  It is important that the family knows that they are being served by someone who understands the process and is prepared to offer the very best funeral possible.

What Is The Cost?

The Celebrant will spend approximately 10 hours in preparation for your service as well as the expense of maintaining a resource library and on-going training.  Each Celebrant has established a fee or fee range based upon comparable professional services in the area. The fee range from $300 to $450 for funeral services, memorial service and/or graveside service.  For travel outside the standard service area, mileage expenses are $.55 per mile.  You may contact me directly or through your funeral director and I will coordinate the services with your funeral director.

Where To Find A Certified Funeral Celebrant?

Some funeral homes have funeral directors on staff, who were certified celebrants.  Other funeral homes maintain a list of certified celebrants within their community or go to www.insightbooks.com Look under ‘Find a Celebrant’.

What Will A Certified Funeral Celebrant Offer My Firm?

Connecting with a Celebrant in your area will provide you an invaluable resource to offer families who do not have or do not wish to utilize a clergy person. After a few Celebrant funerals, word will spread about the meaningful and caring funerals being conducted by your firm.

By using a Celebrant that has been certified by In-Site Institute you are assured that this person has been trained in the following areas:

  • Value of the funeral
  • Family visits
  • Listening skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Elements of funeral planning
  • Code of ethics

What A Celebrant DOES NOT Do.

While I am a licensed Funeral Director in the States of Florida and Pennsylvania, my role as Celebrant is separate from that of Funeral Director. 

As as Celebrant:

    I will not deal with the legal aspects of the funeral or death certificates. That is the role of your funeral director.

    I will not deal with the transportation of the body or sell the casket, outer burial container or urn. That is the role of your funeral director;

    I will not arrange the burial or cremation. That is the role of your funeral director.

    I will not arrange for burial or placement at Florida National Cemetery.  That is the role of your funeral director.

© Robert T. Roche 2017

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