Masterclasses

Weddings and funerals are often high on emotion at different ends of the scale. And, no matter how hard and well you plan, things can – and will – go wrong.

In this 2 hour session, you’ll get an idea of what can go wrong, how to prevent things going wrong in the first place, and how to come up with a solution in the time you’ve got.

Some examples follow – and we will share others in the session.

Weddings:

What would you do if

  • the sound system fails 
  • the cars are delayed by a half hour 
  • there’s a car crash involving the wedding party 
  • weather is inclement 
  • the venue manager is ill and won’t be there on the day 
  • the couple forgets their rings 
  • the coordinator of the music is not able to attend 
  • someone faints during the love story
  • and many more . . .  

Funerals:

What would you do if

  • there’s a rogue speaker 
  • the funeral begins late and will over-run its scheduled time slot
  • the family wants to take several hours to say goodbye at the graveside
  • you thought the candles were being supplied by the family but they‘ve forgotten them
  • you thought there’d be a side table on which to place items but there isn’t
  • there’s no space for flowers on the coffin
  • the live streaming has gone awry
  • there’s confusion about the order of the music
Event Date Monday 26 October, 2020 - 6:00 pm
Course End Date Monday 26 October, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer SALLY CANT
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

Successful funeral celebrants have a deep understanding of the funeral sector and the people who work within it.

This session introduces the roles of professionals in the funeral sector, their roles and the boundaries between those roles. It also introduces protocols observed at a funeral service. 

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Who’s who in the funeral sector and professional work together
  • Taking a booking for a funeral
  • Contacting the family of the deceased
  • Introduction to funeral service protocols
  • Personal and professional boundaries
  • Celebrants and counselling
Event Date Tuesday 27 October, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Course End Date Tuesday 27 October, 2020 - 9:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer SARAH GNAD
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

Creative Writing Workshop 

  • What is the PURPOSE of a ceremony and how does that inform your writing
  • Practical tips on STRUCTURE to create the best effect
  • CREATIVE pointers to think outside the box
  • Gather the right INFORMATION to make a memorable ceremony
Event Date Thursday 12 November, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Course End Date Thursday 12 November, 2020 - 9:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer JANE GODFREY
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

A funeral service may be conducted in a chapel or an informal venue, but it may also be conducted at the graveside. A burial service may follow a funeral service.

This session addresses the components, similarities and differences in these services.   

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • The purposes of a funeral service
  • How we address these in chapel, graveside and burial services
  • Possible components of a chapel, graveside and burial service
  • Introduction to ritual enactments
  • How we might begin and end a chapel, graveside or burial service
Event Date Wednesday 18 November, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Course End Date Wednesday 18 November, 2020 - 9:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer SARAH GNAD
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

So that we can write a funeral service that is authentic and personal, we need to meet with the family of the deceased person.

During this session, we will discuss the way that we approach the family meeting, the content of the meeting and the ways that we may record that information. 

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Information you need before the meeting
  • Working with a grieving family
  • How to begin the meeting
  • Information required to write a memorable service and how to obtain it
  • Documenting information
  • The questions the family may ask of you
  • How to conclude the meeting
Event Date Tuesday 24 November, 2020 - 10:00 am
Course End Date Tuesday 24 November, 2020 - 12:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $NZD40.25
Trainer WENDY BARTON
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION