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CHCCEL008 – Plan, present and evaluate funeral and memorial ceremonies


The course covers all the theory you need and is very practical. You will be confident to visit the family, plan the service, prepare and deliver a eulogy and handle the practical aspects such as curtains, music and timing. How to manage emotions, your own and others’? What is the procedure in the chapel and at the graveside? How to market yourself and become established? The course has everything you need to know.

Course Name: CHCCEL008 - Plan, present and evaluate funeral and memorial ceremonies
Course Code: CHCCEL008
Course Duration: The course is run over 3 days, and finishes with delivery of a complete funeral service
Training Plans: Plan and conduct funeral ceremony - $650.00

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare for and perform a funeral ceremony in the absence of clergy or a celebrant according to the needs of clients, including making a funeral ceremony address.


• Answer all assessment written questions in the workbooks
• Practical assessment
• Hand in a portfolio of documents completed through this unit related to the role play Role play

Entry Requirements:

This unit applies to funeral-conducting staff and involves working autonomously with a high level of responsibility. It requires the application of planning and communication skills to develop and deliver effective funeral ceremony speeches. There is no legal entry requirement to this unit, but AQT policy requires the person to be above the age of 18 years

Qualification Requirements:

Good listeners and caring people make wonderful funeral celebrants. It gives you the privilege of walking with a family through one of the profound moments of life

Units of Competence:
CodeUnit NameType
CHCCEL008 Plan, present and evaluate funeral and memorial ceremonies Elective

1. Stages of a funeral
2. Funeral Directors, their areas of responsibility, and how to work with them
3. Presentation Skills
4. Grief, what to expect and what are the normal stages of grief
5. Listening skills and empathic behaviour
6. Visit to the Family, how to create rapport and what to cover
7. The Eulogy, how to collect the information and write an appropriate piece
8. The crematorium or grave, protocols and sequencing for each type of service
9. Stages of the service
10. Music in the service
11. Poetry in the service
12. Structure and timing of the various sections of the service
13. How to manage emotions in the family and yourself
14. How to manage other aspects eg young children
15. How to deal with the unexpected
16. Other Funerals eg RSL, Asian /Buddhist, suicide / overdose
17. Administration and marketing
18. Plan, write and deliver a full ceremony