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NYSFDA to Offer Certified Celebrant Training

The New York State Funeral Directors Association will be offering a Certified Celebrant Training, June 18 – June 20, 2013, at NYSFDA’s headquarters, located at 1 South Family Drive in Albany, NY. The training is 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. The seminar will attract a wide variety of participants: funeral directors; preneed and aftercare specialists; hospice professionals; clergy; chaplains; business people; and students.

The curriculum covers: articulating the value of the funeral; listening skills; family meetings; service planning; music and readings resources; eulogy writing; closing ceremonies; master of ceremonies; presentation skills; and developing the celebrant concept in the community.

NYSFDA Executive Director Bonnie L. McCullough, CAE, said: “A successful celebrant is one who enjoys working with people, has writing and public speaking ability, as well as listening and consulting skills. These are values and qualities that funeral directors often possess.”


Doug Manning, Founder & President, In-Sight Books, Inc.

For 30 years, Doug has been writing and speaking in the areas of grief and elder care. From his very first book, A Minister Speaks About Funerals, he has carried the message that a funeral is an important and healing time for the grieving family. Doug has written or produced over 40 books and resources and is one of the most respected speakers in the area of grief throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Glenda Stansbury, MA, CFSP, Marketing & Development Director, In-Sight Books, Inc.

Glenda 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.

At the end of 2012 Doug and Glenda had conducted almost 90 Celebrant trainings for over 1800 participants. They have presented at the NFDA, FSAC, ICCFA & CANA conventions as well as many state funeral director conventions.


NYSFDA Member/Training Only= $600*

Non-Member/Training Only = $700*

A room block at the Hilton Garden Inn, 800 Albany Shaker Road, Albany has been secured. The rate is $169 per night. Please mention you are with the New York State Funeral Directors Association when making your reservation. Their phone number is 518-464-6666.

This training has been approved by the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Funeral Directing, for 8 CEUs. Participants will receive a copyrighted 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. For more information or to register, call NYSFDA at 800-291-2629, or visit the NYSFDA website.

Founded in 1889, NYSFDA represents more than 900 member firms and 3500 licensed funeral directors in New York State, and is the oldest state association of funeral directors in the United States. The Association is headquartered in Albany.

Posted April 10, 2013


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