FDChat #02 – Funeral Celebrants

FDChat #02 – Funeral Celebrants

with nancy

Nancy Burban and Glenda Stansbury discuss the role of funeral celebrants in the death care industry; they also talk about the importance of grieving and options outside of a religious ceremony.

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Show Notes

Glenda at Insight Books

Interview Excerpt:

Nancy:  Now Glenda, we had spoken previously, and you had shared with me some stories about some funerals that you did, that you had an especially creative approach. Would you mind sharing that with our listeners?

Glenda:  Well every service gives us an opportunity to really think about what can we do ceremonially or creatively to make this a really long lasting meaningful experience. In many of the services that I do ‑ not all Celebrants do this, but a lot of them do ‑ I try to always find some kind of a memory takeaway, is what we call them, that we handout to the audience after the service, and give them a little physical token to take away to remember the loved one.

I've handed out golf tees, or I've handed out crossword puzzle pages. I've handed out little puffs of cotton balls because this woman really loved clouds. I've handed out bookmarks. All kinds of different pieces.
It's just one more little element to saying, "This life was important, and this life is worth remembering, and we are giving you something very tangible that you can take home, and remember that person by."

So those are always a lot of fun. People always really enjoy them when they receive them. I've done services for 97 year olds, and I've done services for 16 year olds, and so every life has a different take on it.

Funeral Celebrants Transcript

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