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.

Individuals from all walks of life have come to learn how to provide meaningful, personalized, individualized funeral services.

Click on links below for a few of the articles written by and about Celebrants

Teach Your Children Well.pdf

The Articulation Factor.pdf

He Died Homeless But Not Forgotten.pdf

A Celebrants Goal.pdf

A Flyover for Serene at Graveside.pdf

We Want a Party.pdf

Happy Anniversary.pdf

Have questions about Celebrants? Click on the FAQ button below.

Celebrant Training Schedule 2021

Click on each location in blue for more information

Zoom Celebrant Trainings...

At this point, we do not have any Zoom trainings on the schedule for the rest of 2021 in order to encourage people to consider safely attending one of the in-person trainings being scheduled by sponsoring Associations. They all had to cancel trainings at their locations last year and are now testing the waters of gathering again. If any of these in-person trainings are cancelled due to safety concerns, or if they sell out, we may schedule a Zoom training to replace it or to accommodate those who could not attend.    

Please consider one of these in-person options and we’ll look forward to really seeing you. 

July 23-28, 2021 Atlanta GA (ICCFA University)

Oct 5-7, 2021 Columbus OH (OFDA)

Oct 15-17, 2021 Nashville TN (NFDA)

Oct 26-28, 2021 Albany, NY (NYSFD)

Nov 9-11, 2021  Minneapolis, MN (MFDA)

Many trainings have been rescheduled or canceled. These dates reflect tentative
plans depending on the pandemic.

Space is limited register early

Looking for information on future trainings?
Click the Newsletter tab above and choose Celebrants.

Total Celebrants Trained: 4578

Becoming a Celebrant

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, retired teachers, 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.

Click on the individual training locations above for more information about particular trainings.

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.

How do I Register for Celebrant Training?

Register with the sponsor, click on the training locations above for more information.