The next generation of celebrants
Funerals urgently need to improve
We couldn't find the kind of funeral service we believe needs to exist; so we created Poetic Endings. All the work we do is based on the belief that a good funeral can be profound and transformational in helping bereaved people to acknowledge and accept the fact that someone has died.
The UK funeral system is not fit for purpose, and we need new people and fresh ideas to create a new way of doing things which will serve the bereaved people of the future.
As we see it, most celebrants are part of the problem, not the solution. Most are ill-equipped to serve the bereaved public of today, never mind tomorrow. So we're creating a new generation of professionals who can conduct funeral ceremonies. They're resourceful, open-minded, flexible, creative and emotionally intelligent people who are capable of understanding the power of ceremony in a way that's useful for society in 2018 and beyond.
Historically funeral directors have shown little interest in funeral software, prioritising hardware such as cars and coffins. Celebrants have launched their careers by knocking on the doors of funeral homes with training certificates and cake, hoping to be given the time of day by an arranger who never attends funerals. Poorly trained celebrants with templates who write terrible poetry are thriving. But times are changing, and Poetic Endings is at the forefront of creating a new way of doing funerals that's highly personalised, helpful, meaningful, relevant and serves its purpose.
Our promise to the new generation of celebrants
- ... genuinely get to know you and the way you work so we can match you with bereaved people.
- ... pay fairly. We believe that celebrants have been badly paid and undervalued for far too long. We want to support the absolute best people in the profession to be fairly rewarded for doing this complex and difficult work.
- ... never prioritise paying for vehicles or flowers whilst asking you to work for free or at a reduced rate. We know the real value of a funeral.
- ... never book single slots at council run crematoria for families who clearly need time and space for the funeral ceremony.
- ... offer continuous professional development by inviting you to join our team as a funeral assistant - so you can be exposed to different types of ceremony and gain valuable experience in other areas, whilst being paid.
- Emotional intelligence
- An understanding that the work we’re doing is ground-breaking and that we can not do it alone
- A desire to be involved in what can be difficult but profound and transformational work
- An interest in the bigger picture of funerals
- A flexible and open-minded attitude
- Life experience
- A way with words and an ability to deliver truly beautiful ceremonies, whether simple or highly personalised, but never templated
- Understanding of professional boundaries
- Smart appearance
So you want to work with us?
Please don't turn up at our office with lemon drizzle cake and your training certificate, and don't email us with a generic template letter provided by your training provider. We're busy serving bereaved families and an unscheduled appointment is not the way to forge a relationship with us. It's also not an effective way to demonstrate any of your skills as a celebrant.
If you're working in a progressive way, we probably already know who you are. If you're not currently on our radar, please email Louise Winter at email@example.com answering the following questions and we'll be in touch.
- Why do you want to work with Poetic Endings?
- Why did you decide to become a celebrant?
- How do you like to work?
- What is a ‘good’ funeral?
- Describe a ‘good’ funeral that you’ve been involved with facilitating.
- Who did you train with? What did you think of your training?
- Are you a member of any professional organisations? If so, why did you choose to join them?
- How do you continue to develop your skills as a celebrant?
- What do you think makes a good celebrant?
- What do professional boundaries mean to you?
- What do you understand about vicarious traumatisation?
- This role can be intense. How do you look after yourself?
- Where do you think the funeral profession is headed?
- Are you involved in the progressive death movement? How are you helping to improve standards across the profession?
- Write your life story in 300 words.
- What do you do when you're not doing funerals?
- What kind of families do you think are a good match for you?
- How would you like to work with a funeral director?
- What do you need from the funeral director in order to do your job well?
- Share your favourite poem with us.
All answers will be treated in the strictest of confidence.