Funeral Celebrant's Handbook

Funeral Celebrant's Handbook : Creating Services That Celebrate Life and Mourn Death

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Today more than ever, personal funeral services that capture the essence of the departed person - their character, spirit and legacy - are being planned and conducted by civil celebrants in collaboration with family and friends of the deceased. With this move away from traditional funeral services, comes an increased responsibility for the funeral celebrant, to honour the departed in an appropriate way, and make sure each service runs as smoothly as possible. This handbook is the ideal companion for qualified celebrants of church leaders, celebrants-in-training, or those who are thinking about entering this vocation. It covers every aspect of a service, beginning at the time of initial contact and the first meeting with the bereaved, right through to the service itself. In this book you will also find a varied collection of readings, poems and sample eulogies for each type of funeral service, as well as advice about conducting memorial services and funeral services with a difference. The author, Barry Young has been a highly respected civil service funeral celebrant for many years. The personal satisfaction he has received in this calling has compelled him to write this book to share his knowledge and experiences with aspiring funeral celebrants.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 172.72 x 243.84 x 12.7mm | 589.67g
  • Mona Vale, Australia
  • English
  • tables
  • 0980321611
  • 9780980321616
  • 480,580

Table of contents

PART 1: About the Funeral Service - What you should know about funerals

PART 2: Preparing the Service - The interview: creating a portrait; The opening: setting the tone; Readings, eulogies and tributes; the heart of the service; The committal

PART 3: Sample Services - An elderly lady; An elderly man; Tragic deaths; Infant deaths; Servicemen and women, and Rotarians; Special services

PART 4: Some Inspiration - Inspirational words and phrases


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About Barry H. Young

Barry H. Young OAM is a leading acclaimed professional funeral celebrant of twenty years experience conducting nearly 1400 services. This outstanding book is recognised as the most informative work ever produced for existing and aspiring funeral aspirants. Being mindful of a familys grief, he brings to them comfort and new-found strength. Barry has manifested the importance of striving for perfection in creating this significant and inspiring work.
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