Talking about funerals is a really positive thing. We are all mortal, and the real key to happiness – the real meaning of life – is acknowledging the fact that our precious time is limited. That at some point unknown to us, the story of our lives, and the lives of our family and friends, will draw to a close.
BUT rather than letting that thought depress or frighten us – or ignoring it completely – we can use it to enrich our lives. If we could find the courage to acknowledge our mortality, to talk about it, understand it, perhaps even embrace the idea of it, we could all lead more fulfilled, contented lives, and achieve happier endings. We could really celebrate the years we have, appreciate our unique place in the world, and create a meaningful legacy that will keep our memory alive in the years to come.
By sharing what I’ve experienced and what I’ve learnt from my work as a Funeral Celebrant, I can help people harness their mortality in a positive way – to appreciate their unique value in the world and celebrate their own life, before someone, like me, does it for them.
Being a Funeral Celebrant seems to be a constant source of interest and fascination for people who regularly ask me questions about what I do – how did you become a Celebrant? Why did you choose to work in the funeral profession? What goes on behind the scenes? Do you get upset? So, in addition to happily answering those questions individually over the years, I’ve also given talks to various groups, charities and organisations about my work, giving people a better understanding of what the job entails, together with an insider’s view of contemporary funeral ceremonies and what options are out there. It also provides an opportunity to bust a few myths, such as ‘are coffins re-used?’ and ‘do the ashes get mixed up?’. (The answers – no and no!)
Far from being morbid or depressing, these talks are intended to be life-affirming, up-lifting, informative and inspirational – both in terms of how we live our lives now and how we want to be remembered when our time comes. Because, as well as talking about my role as a Celebrant, I also introduce people to the idea of mortality awareness in an optimistic way, using the ‘Celebrate Your Life’ process, featured in my book of the same name, and my ‘Manifesto’ - 10 Ways to achieve happiness and contentment.
If you are part of a group, organisation or run an event, that you think would benefit from hearing about my work, experiences and ideas, then please do get in touch. I can create a talk or workshop based on your specific needs and audience. Please fill in the form on my contacts page or email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org