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Celebrant Training- Chicago, IL- August 8-10, 2016
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This training a specifically designed for anyone interested in understanding the process of the funeral service and in learning how to personalize and design meaningful funerals or tributes.

8/8/2016 to 8/10/2016
When: 8/8/2016
3:00 PM
Where: Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile
540 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 
United States
Presenter: InSight Books, Inc.

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Celebrant Information



An InSight Certified Celebrant is a person who has been trained and certified by InSight to meet the needs of families during their time of loss. A funeral Celebrant serves by providing a funeral service, memorial service, or tribute that is personalized and individualized to reflect the personality and life-style of the deceased after consultation with the family and loved ones and coordination with the funeral home.


Who Should Attend?

This training a specifically designed for anyone interested in understanding the process of the funeral service and in learning how to personalize and design meaningful funerals or tributes. A successful Celebrant is one who enjoys working with people, has writing and public speaking ability as well as listening and consulting skills. The seminar attracts a wide variety of participants: funeral directors, pre-need and aftercare specialists, hospice professionals, clergy, chaplains, business people, actors, writers and students.


What is the Training?

The curriculum covers articulating the Value of the Funeral, Listening Skills, Family Meetings, Service Planning, Music and Readings Resources, Writing, Closing Ceremonies, Master of Ceremonies, Presentation Skills, and Developing the Celebrant Concept in the Community.

Participants will receive a Celebrant Training Notebook and a copy of Doug Manning's book, The Funeral: A Chance to Touch, A Chance to Serve, A Chance to Heal.


What will a Celebrant Offer a Funeral Home?

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

Some firms choose to send one or more people from their staff or community to become a Celebrant so that they will always have someone available to serve their families. Others use Celebrants in their community who are available to any funeral home.



Day 1                        3:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.   (Dinner provided) 


Day 2                        8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.   (Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Dinner on your own.)

                                    You will have homework!


Day 3                        8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.  (Continental breakfast provided)


Registration Fees

$900 CANA members

$1100 Nonmembers 

* bundled pricing with the convention = $1250 Members / $1450 NonMembers 

To register for both, please click here. You will have the option to select a combo registration.


What to Bring

The dress is casual. This is an active, participant-driven training. We want you to be comfortable and ready to be a part of this engaging training. We will provide a notebook, flash drive and other materials. If you have a laptop computer, it is recommended (but not required) that you bring it for the funeral presentation work. We will have a printer available.


CEU Information for Funeral Directors 

The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice: 17 hrs of attendance

State Funeral Service Board approval: Approved hours vary by state


More Information

If you have any questions about this particular training, contact Jennifer Head,, 312-245-1077.

If you have questions about Celebrants in general, contact Glenda Stansbury at In-Sight Books:, 405-810-9501 or 800-658-9262. 

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