Sunday, 21 December 2014

UK Society of Celebrants Newsletter | December 2014

Hello to one and all

Thankfully from tomorrow the daylight hours will be getting longer once again and the December traffic / shopping frenzy will be on the wane.

It may have been a little later than planned but the UK Society of Celebrants Shop  has now been running for a little over a month. The shop has got off to a steady start and is developing in response to YOUR feedback. So, please visit YOUR celebrant store and let us know what you think.

Bespoke Celebrant Folios  | Choice of Designs & Colours
From our exclusive bespoke, hand made in the UK Celebrant Folios to more ancillary products for our members - everything in the store has been selected for its quality, reliability and value for money.

Granted, some of the Celebrant Store products can be found elsewhere at a similar cost, however, rather than dealing with say 4 suppliers for a Unity Sand ceremony set, you can get them all in one place and with only one delivery charge. We use Hermes Couriers for all our deliveries as we have found them to not only be a lower cost but also more reliable than the Post Office / Royal Mail.

Unity Candle Set
We hope you make use of YOUR store to supplement the quality of service you can provide to your clients.

You can contact your UKSOC Shop resident Celebrant to discuss your specific needs on 0800 772 3762. 

Helping Us to Help You!

Be Seen
Being seen is not just related to walking and cycling in low visibility conditions. Being seen also relates to your online visibility. Fortunately, All our members Profile Pages are ranking highly (locally) with all the major search engines - from which, many of you have received enquiries and been appointed. 

Additionally, many of you have also taken the opportunity to have us  build your personal websites / blogs for FREE and show you how to use / engage with them. Of the latest 50 celebrants to complete their training the following information was gained;

  • 31 chose to have a personal website / blog
  • of which, 25 have a complete and fully functioning site.
  • of which, 21 have active linked Facebook / Twitter / G+ / Pinterest accounts.
  • of which, 9 have not used their social media, 3 use it monthly, 3 use it weekly & 6 use social media daily.
  • The 6 daily users are by far the busiest celebrants of the 50 and spend 2-4 hours weekly on their social media activity.

So if you want to be seen and be busier, give social media engagement a try. You are all creative writers, so show your wares. Go on - give it a go - Try these posts for starters:

Don't forget, as part of your membership, your nominated Tutor / Mentor will happily assist you with getting to grips with Social Media and your website in order to engage with your existing and prospective clients. All you need to do is ask. Helping Us to Help You!

Celebrant Training Fees

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If you are considering embarking on training to be a celebrant or further celebrant training, you may be able to make some considerable savings if you book your course before 31 December 2014 & commence training before 31 March 2015. Why?

Well, many of you may have been aware of our training fees freeze during 2014. Courses booked after 1st January 2015 will be subject to significantly increased fees. All courses starting in 2015 will be in our new format - Members will have access to the new materials from 31 December 2014 through Member Resources.

Next month we will be introducing you to our new Fellow and Honorary Members and the winner of our Ceremony of the Year - Steph Carter from Derbyshire - unanimously selected by our Tutor Team.

Well that's is for this month folks. Seasonal Best Wishes & a Happy New Year to You & Yours. 
Stay Busy, Stay Safe, Be Well.

James Convery

If you think you may have what it takes to become a Civil Funeral Celebrant - visit us here, drop us a line (to your right) or give us a call FREE on 0800 772 0762. Help Us to Help You!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Funeral Celebrant | Arranging a Civil Funeral

Religion? Absolutely No Need!
A Civil Funeral is a funeral steered by the life, wishes and values of the deceased and their family, not by the beliefs or ideology of the person conducting the funeral.

When a loved one dies, it is always a very painful and stressful time and there are, inevitably, decisions to be taken about the funeral. Perhaps the most important question of all is, what kind of funeral do you really want?

Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral. The choice may be influenced by religious and cultural traditions, by cost and personal preferences, or by the express wishes of the person who has died.

A Civil Funeral on Coronation Street
Whilst the majority of people in the UK still choose a 'traditional' stock religious funeral service, an ever increasing number are finding that their personal preferences are best accommodated within a Civil Funeral ceremony - a funeral which can include religious elements or no religious content at all, and also other elements that can be combined to better reflect the wishes of everyone involved and engage the assembled mourners.
With the help and support of a professional Civil Funeral Celebrant, the most appropriate personal, meaningful & professional ceremony for this final act of love and respect can be created.

A Civil Funeral ceremony is fitting for either a cremation or burial and can be held at a variety of locations including some churches and religious buildings.

If you think you may have what it takes to become a Civil Funeral Celebrant - visit us here, drop us a line (to your right) or give us a call FREE on 0800 772 0762. Help Us to Help You!