Creating the Life Celebration 

The funeral celebrant certificate training is for anyone seeking to create a personal and meaningful funeral or memorial service for a loved one and those wishing to investigate a career as a funeral celebrant.

The Celebration of Life service is the commemoration of one’s unique contribution to humanity and the opportunity to leave a legacy.  What will yours be?  how will your life be remembered ?  How can you create a fitting tribute for your loved-one? 

Students are encouraged to think outside the box and give full reign to their imagination and creativity during this highly energized workshop where powerful ceremonies are created to honor the dead. 

This workshop is open to anyone and is also the master class for The Art of Death Midwifery training. Graduates of this class receive a certificate for 25 hours training as Funeral Celebrant.

“This was more than a learning experience, this was a sacred experience…discovering how to channel the frazzled energy of still-fresh grief into something that matters…both personally, and on a larger scale.”                     – Laurie Ciardullo



Topics explored

The importance of a funeral

Alternative funeral and memorial services

The role of the Celebrant

Public Speaking

Writing the eulogy

Channeling the grief

Opening and closing remarks /prayers & poems

Announcements/Obituaries/Video Journals/Programs

Tributes & rituals

Pet Funerals

Cremation and Burial Practices around the world

Green Burials


$100 early-bird discount if registered by June 15, 2018

There is no prerequisite for this class.

Students receive a certificate of completion for 25 hour Funeral Celebrant Training

Please Click on the date to make your reservation

August 2, 3 & 4  2019

This workshop takes place in a beautiful private home in Pacific Palisades, West Los Angeles, California. Details given to registered participants.

Accommodations are not provided, please visit local b&bs in the 90272 and 90025 and 90405 area codes.

Friday 3 – 10 pm    Saturday 9am – 6pm    Sunday 10am – 6pm

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“The mock funerals each of our groups created were so achingly beautiful, meaningful and embodied. The bond with my “family” in just 2 days to create a funeral celebration was incredible – I really felt like I had endured an unimaginable loss, but was uplifted by ceremony and community.  This is an incredible spiritual practice that I highly recommend for everyone”.   – Suzanne S –

“This workshop was a very deep and profound experience for me.  The guest speakers, films and detailed information helped us put together amazing funerals in just two days. They were so real, so intense – just as they would be in real life.  I enjoyed Olivia’s gentle guidance and encouragement in allowing our creativity to flow outside the box. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who is open and brave enough to explore this incredible topic.”   – Thea Nathan –

“This workshop is incredibly intense, challenging, deeply moving and so much fun!! Everyone should have this experience so they can be prepared when a loved one dies.”     – Kym Chartrand –

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