One day conference – Saturday only – Self-care and Resilience-building for funeral celebrants


Conference Saturday: Self-care and Resilience-building for funeral celebrants – A relaxed day of support, advice and care
10.30 till 5pm – buffet lunch included

10% off early bird offer ends Wednesday 31 July 2019!


Conference Saturday:
Self-care and Resilience-building for funeral celebrants – A relaxed day of support, advice and care

10.30 till 5pm 

Self-care Is not an indulgence. It’s a discipline, and an important practice if we are to stay healthy and able to offer the best of ourselves to our clients/families.

It can be really hard to support families in their grief. Many of us have been sharing tears shed over tragic situations, and the pressure of getting each ceremony just right in the online forum. It can also be challenging to work with some of our colleagues in the industry when they do not understand our work. Some of us are not getting all the support that we need. Come and join us as Saturday offers an opportunity to reflect on our working practice, learn some helpful coping skills, and to relax and restore.


  • Learn how to manage stress
  • Prevent compassion fatigue
  • Handle your worries
  • Discuss the value that we give to our work and how that compares, what we are paid under the current model and how we might resolve any imbalance.
  • Talk about developing really good working relationships with funeral directors and arrangers in changing times
  • Discover what you can do when you feel sad or dispirited
  • Discuss what we are doing to protect ourselves as lone workers
  • Understand that it’s not just you who is worried about the way forward! So many new entrants into celebrancy are meaning that we have to really up our game. Find out how and leave with renewed fire in your belly.

Share your stories and your experience, and discover that we can be more resilient when we support each other. Celebrancy is becoming more competitive, but supportive alliances can help us stay strong and doing our best work.

A buffet lunch is provided for you, then in the afternoon you can choose to do what suits you best.

In the afternoon:


  • Drop-in Celebrant Surgery for anyone who would like support or advice
  • Peer to peer reflective practice opportunity
  • Spend time talking, sharing resources and developing support networks with colleagues
  • If you need time alone then walk in the hotel’s lovely gardens or soak in the spa to really give yourself a treat and ’time out’
Get the opportunity to really relax and rest, before we all meet for the evening talk and dinner.
Give yourself at treat, look after you, and get what you need from the day. Advice and support will be available all day.

Tutor profile

Emma Curtis is an award-winning influencer in funeral celebrancy working to raise the standards of funeral celebrancy throughout the profession and working to gain recognition for the valuable work that celebrants do in the service of the bereaved. She was the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants Manager of CPD for two years, and a founder representative on the Funeral Celebrancy Council, and now offers this National Conference to Celebrants who wish to offer services that really make a lasting difference to their clients, and that build their reputation as excellent celebrants.

Winner of the National Celebrant Award for ‘Influencing the Wider Profession’ in Funeral Celebrancy, she is also the only non-religious minister to have been recognised in the ‘Minister of the Year’ category at the Good Funeral Awards, where she was awarded runner-up. Emma is also a certified Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist, Pastoral Counsellor, Grief Specialist and award-winning Opera Singer, bringing that wealth of experience not only to her clients, but to supporting celebrants through mentoring, supervision and further training. Emma is the founder of Celebrant Support and CeremonyMatters, further trainings for Funeral Celebrants. 

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