What is a Funeral 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. A Celebrant helps plan and present personalized memorials, celebrations of life, and funeral services. Celebrants are facilitators, attentive and sensitive interviewers, creative writers, professional public speakers, loss and grief educators, and ceremonial leaders. A binding Code of Ethics maintains confidentiality with individuals and families. Celebrants are creative, alternative, ceremonial leaders. They are an excellent choice for those who want to honour the life of a deceased loved one through participatory end-of-life ritual and ceremony. Ceremonies that may or may not be religious in nature, but that are both deeply moving and meaningful for those who are bereaved.

Why Use a Certified Celebrant?

An increasing number of Canadians say they are non-religious and define their spirituality in different ways. A funeral, memorial, or celebration of life service that reflects an individual’s lifestyle and personality, often mirrors his or her spiritual nature. The friends and family of the deceased often wish to participate in the planning and presentation of a personalized end of life ceremony, but are uncertain how to do so. They may be uncomfortable with public speaking and/or speaking publicly about death and loss. This is where the Celebrant can help.

What Does a Certified Celebrant Offer the Family?

A Celebrant has been specifically trained to design a service for your loved one that is completely personal, incorporating those unique stories, songs and experiences that defined the loved one. A Celebrant will schedule a special Family Time for your family to share memories, anecdotes and special moments in the loved one’s life. The essence of the service will be based upon the remembrances of the family. The Celebrant will consult with you to help design a service that best reflects and memorializes the life of your loved one. The 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.

What will a Celebrant do for me?

A Celebrant will meet with you in your own home OR at your chosen funeral home. This meeting generally takes one to two hours. During this time, the Celebrant will explore ways of making the service as meaningful and as personalized as possible. Participation by family and community is always encouraged. Once all of the elements of the service are discussed and decided upon, the Celebrant writes an appropriate and customized service, including all of the various ‘parts’. In this way, they can create a smooth-flowing, beautifully crafted tribute for your loved one. As necessary, the Celebrant will assist the various speakers before the event and oversee the ceremony’s design and facilitation. During the event, the Celebrant will facilitate and guide the proceedings, make any necessary announcements, as well as leading individuals through any rituals within the ceremony.

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.

In-Sight Institute Certified Celebrant