Certified Celebrant Training

Every Life is Worth Remembering

Join us February 22 – 24, 2023

Presented by Glenda Stansbury, Insight

Hosted by AFCCA

Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Scottsdale
4415 E Paradise Village Pkwy S
Phoenix AZ 85032

Who Should Attend?

This training a 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. A successful Celebrant is one who enjoys working with people, has writing and public speaking ability as well as listening and consulting skills. The seminar attracts a wide variety of participants: funeral directors, pre-need and aftercare specialists, hospice professionals, clergy, chaplains, retired teachers, business people, actors, writers and students.

What will a Celebrant Offer a Funeral Home?

Connecting with a Celebrant will provide a funeral home an invaluable resource to offer to families who do not have or do not wish to utilize a clergy person. After a few Celebrant funerals, word will spread quickly about the meaningful and caring funerals being conducted by the firm.

Some firms choose to send one or more people from their staff or community to become a Celebrant so that they will always have someone available to serve their families. Others use Celebrants in their community who are available to any funeral home.

What is the Training?

The curriculum covers articulating the Value of the Funeral, Listening Skills, Family Meetings, Service Planning, Music and Readings Resources, Writing, Closing Ceremonies, Master of Ceremonies, Presentation Skills, and Developing the Celebrant Concept in the Community.

Participants will receive a 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.


Day 1           1:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. / Dinner on your own.
Day 2           8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. / Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Dinner on your own. You will have homework!
Day 3           8:00 a.m.— noon / Continental breakfast provided

What to Bring

We will provide a notebook and other materials. If you have a laptop computer, it is recommended (but not required) that you bring it for the funeral presentation work. We will have a printer available.
The dress is casual.

CE Information for Funeral Directors

The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice: 17 hrs of attendance hours
State Funeral Service Board approval: Approved hours vary by state, contact Glenda Stansbury for more information, glenda@insightbooks.com

Student Pricing

Must provide proof that you are currently enrolled as a student at a Accredited Mortuary Science College. CGCC Mortuary Science Students may log into your account for pricing. All other students, please email director@azfcca.org for student pricing.

AFCCA Member Pricing

AFCCA Members, please log into your account to receive member pricing. Then come back to this page and refresh to see discounted pricing

Register Today


Hotel Room Block

Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Scottsdale
4415 E Paradise Village Pkwy S
Phoenix AZ 85032

Room rate: $289/night

Last day to make reservations with the special room block was Friday, January 27, 2023

Attendees can request the special rate by emailing Shelley Stinelli directly and requesting the group rate for AFCCA Celebrant Training