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When choosing a Celebrant to help you achieve the ceremony of your choice there are a few things to consider.
The role of a celebrant is to serve either the bereaved and their community or to help a couple to create a wonderful wedding blessing or a family welcoming a new member to the family.
Good Celebrants create and leading uplifting, fitting, and personal, ceremonies. A Celebrants work should clearly reflect either the person who has passed away, by respecting their belief system, acknowledgement of their community of family and friends, and create an environment in which the grieving process can be held and supported. Or help a couple or family share wonderful celebrations by listening to their needs and wishes, and helping them make the right decisions to achieve their desired ceremony.
A Successful Celebrant:
They have good computer and IT skills, supporting effective communication between their clients and also any third party professional. They should be in a position to offer and produce professional looking scripts that can be viewed prior to ceremonies and also offered as treasured as keepsakes.
They will be aware of the new GDPR regulations and compliant; They will work confidentially, in their own specialised fields. A good Celebrant will always be able to show you their insurance in public liability and indemnity.
They offer to visit families at home, and give as much time as needed.
They are inclusive, flexible and non-judgemental.
They engender trust through openness, sensitivity and confidentiality.
They are willing to involve family and friends in creating the funeral, and willing to send a script for approval before the funeral.
They meet and greet the family at the crematorium, and are available immediately after the funeral ceremony.
Understanding that a successful funeral is one that serves and supports the bereaved.
They have a calm and reassuring presence, providing gentle leadership without seeking to be the centre of attention.
They are a clear, confident and engaging speaker with a range of pace and intonation.
They are responsive to what is happening in the room and environment, and are able to think on their feet and adapt where necessary.
They are well groomed and appropriately dressed.
Every ceremony is personal, and created following a detailed and extensive interview with the relevant family and community of the person who has died.
Every ceremony draws out and encourages the families own tastes in culture and literature, using the celebrants own knowledge and resources as appropriate.
Every ceremony is inspiring and ell structured, with a script that accurately reflects the life, values and beliefs of the person who has died.
Every ceremony includes language and ritual that is appropriate to the family they serve.
They are on a continuing path of personal and professional development to keep informing and improving the profound and varied demands of celebrancy work.