Our Celebrant Trainers

For years all our Celebrants were trained by the founders of the  InSight Institute Certified Celebrant program, Doug Manning and Glenda Stansbury. However, demand for Certified Celebrant training has grown beyond the capacity that only two trainers can provide. So we are proud to introduce you to our cadre of Celebrant Trainers. Each training will be presented by two of our trainers.

Listed in alphabetical order

InSight Books and the In-Sight Institute have one mission: Helping People Help People. This has evolved over the years, expanding from our grief care books and seminars across the country to include Celebrant training and certification.

Along the way, founder and author Doug Manning expanded his writings to include advice on elder care, a growing issue with the steady rise of the Baby Boomers as they face caring for their aging loved ones.

Individualized, Personalized Services
There are alternatives to the traditional religious funeral service. Our trainers are practicing Certifed Celebrants who are dedicated to teaching others how to write, prepare and present a totally individualized, personalized service that fits the deceased and their family.

 

History

Since 1978, Doug Manning has dished out his gentle wisdom with compassion and conviction leading him to become a best-selling author, sought-after speaker and a grief expert relied on by the media. His calling as an author and lecturer began after serving as a pastor and counselor for 30 years in churches in Oklahoma and Texas. He had grown increasingly concerned at the lack of knowledge and comfort that he and his fellow ministers had to offer to families when a loved one died and began to study the concept of grieving and the role that the funeral played in assisting a healthy grief journey and recovery.

Cathy Nichols

Celebrant Coordinator for Busch Funeral & Crematory Services in Cleveland, Ohio. Cathy taught in New Hampshire, Puerto Rico & Pittsburgh, and as an ESL teacher to Japanese auto executives. She also served as the Director of Congregational Care at a large suburban church for 12 years before joining the staff at Busch Funeral Services.

 

 

Glenda Stansbury MA, CFSP

Marketing & Development Director of InSight Books, Co-Founder and Dean of InSight Institute Certified Celebrant Program. Glenda has worked as an educator, teacher trainer, and seminar developer. She is also a professor at the University of Central Oklahoma Funeral Department and is a licensed funeral director/embalmer.

The InSight Institute is the training arm of the company providing Funeral Celebrant Training and other seminar and training opportunities during the year. You can see the Celebrant training schedule pages by clicking on Celebrants above.

Glenda Stansbury joined InSight in 1996 as Marketing & Development Director. She has worked as an educator, teacher trainer, and seminar developer. She is a practicing Celebrant, adjunct professor at the University of Central Oklahoma Funeral Department and is a licensed funeral director/embalmer. Glenda is available for speaking to funeral professionals at state and national conventions or for private staff training. For more information, contact Glenda at glenda@insightbooks.com.