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Funeral Celebrants (hourly rate preferred)

The best civil funeral celebrants are trained, experienced, capable, and skilled.
They are committed to quality preparation of the funeral ceremony.
They engage in creative dialogue regarding every detail.
They carefully check the ceremony with the family before delivery.

Welcome to this website page, which is designed to offer a funeral ceremony, a permanent record of the person's life, based on the following principles:

We believe that:

Make sure to contact your Funeral Celebrant first, before contacting a funeral director. Get your Funeral Celebrant to recommend, and to contact on your behalf, the funeral director. There are some excellent Funeral Directors but many are unsympathetic to the quality of the ceremony; they naturally prefer to emphasise the non-ceremonial elements e.g. coffins, limousines, and embalming, which are central to their business. Funeral Celebrants prefer to emphasise the tribute, the eulogy, the reminiscences, the poetry and prose, the music, the choreography, the photo record (audio visuals and display) and the symbols.

Give yourself time. Grieving families, and the Funeral Celebrant, need five working days to prepare a quality funeral ceremony, to revise it and refine it. You also need time to inform family and friends of a funeral ceremony - giving them time to arrange to be there.

The best and fairest way to pay a funeral celebrant is by an hourly rate set by the individual celebrant and accepted by you. As a guide. the writing of the ceremony, the preparation of the eulogy, and the preparation and checking of all elements typically takes between 10 and 30 hours. Most celebrants require a minimum payment - you should enquire what this is. I have observed that most charge between $60 and $120 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.

Legal position on fees: Lawyer Moira Rayner in pdf

(No obligation Information and feedback - Christine - +61 417 377 871 - christine@christinecapewell.com.au -)


How it usually works in practice

The essential information needed is mainly gained in an unhurried interview with the family. Most often a group of family members and friends sit around the kitchen or dining room table and simply talk about the person who has died. The celebrant takes notes which she uses to tell the story of the person's life. This main eulogy is often enhanced by reminiscnces by family and friends. For obvious reasons it is necessary that the eulogies and the reminiscences are well prepared, written out and timed. (As a guideline, the celebrant eulogy could be 15 to 20 minutes. Reminiscences which follow could be 3 to 5 minutes.)

The Celebrant (or designated person) must then go about the creative writing of the eulogy, carefully selecting the most appropriate quotes of poetry and literature. Usually, in cooperation with the funeral director, they plan selections of music which have been specially chosen by the family. Even with a great deal of preparation, no ceremony is delivered by our graduates or experienced colleagues, unless every detail of the eulogy is carefully checked with the family to ensure that it is accurate.

Then, with compassion, sincerity and care (the normal result of such careful preparation), the celebrant and her "team" officiate at the funeral ceremony, usually at the home, hall, special place, funeral parlour, crematorium or cemetery.

The starting point for all celebrant funerals is secular, i.e. non-religious. The more important principle is that the words said express, record for posterity, and honour the life of the person who has died. The ceremony tells the life story, marks the achievements, and praises the ideals and ambitions of the life of the individual we have lost.

Most celebrant Funerals are secular and non-religious but, if the client requests it, it is quite common for celebrant funerals to contain times of silence, the Lord's Prayer, the 23rd Psalm and similar, if, and only if, the family of the person who has died specifically requests it.

Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy

Funeral Short Course