As families' wishes continue to evolve, it is more important than ever for funeral directors to offer a variety of services to exceed their expectations. To help you meet the needs of families that are not affiliated with a particular religion or church, NFDA has partnered with InSight Institute to host two Certified Celebrant Training seminars in 2018.
A certified celebrant works with the funeral director to provide families with a funeral, memorial service or tribute that is personalized and tailored to reflect the personality and lifestyle of the deceased.
Americans today are, generally speaking, less religious than they were in the past. According to Pew Research Center, in 2010, 16.4 percent of people said that they were unaffiliated with a particular faith tradition; that is expected to grow to 25.6 percent in 2050.
According to the 2018 NFDA Consumer Awareness & Preferences Report, 38.7% of consumers said religion was a “very important” component of a funeral, down from 49.5 percent in 2012 years ago.
With fewer families incorporating religious rites into funeral and memorial services, many funeral directors see certified celebrants as a way to meet the needs of non-religious families and those who may see themselves as spiritual but are not affiliated with a church or religion.
The Certified Celebrant Training seminars hosted by NFDA will be conducted by InSight Institute. In a creative and collaborative environment, attendees will develop such skills as:
Articulating the Value of the Funeral
Facilitating Family Meetings
Using Music and Readings Resources
Art of Ceremonial Writing
How to Serve as a Master of Ceremonies
Developing the Celebrant Concept in the Community
And much more
The seminars will be held:
- July 17-19 at NFDA headquarters in Brookfield, WI
- October 12-14 in Salt Lake City, UT, an NFDA preconvention seminar
For more information or to register for an NFDA-hosted Certified Celebrant Training seminar, visit www.nfda.org/celebrant or call 800-228-6332.