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Lives Retold

St. Petersburg Times, June 14, 2004


More and more, funeral directors in this country are finding that their customers are nonreligious. They have no religious leader to perform the eulogy at their loved one's funeral service.

In the late 90's, Doug Manning, a funeral director from Oklahoma City, identified this looming crisis and traveled to New Zealand and Australia, two countries which abound with funeral celebrants, all of them trained and licensed.

Manning established the In-Sight Institute to provide a standard curriculum for celebrants in the United States. He has trained and certified more than 450 celebrants in this country and Canada since 1999.

An example of a celebrant meeting with the family, prior to the funeral, to hold a storytelling hour is described.

Subjects Covered: healing

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