Interviewing, empathy and listening skills are vital, as are diplomacy and being able to cope with emotion. An ability to relate to assembled people and to speak with them is also vital.
If you have a background of work with clients or in the caring professions (whether in the public, private or voluntary sectors) this would be a real advantage, but is not essential.
Our aim is to work with integrity, inclusivity, and openness and we demand the highest standards of courtesy, regard and gentleness in all our work.
The Access course modules are to ensure that all our students have the necessary skills and can work to the professional level that we require.
It is composed of:
Module 1. Communication:
With special emphasis on:
Module 2. Autonomy:
Module 3. Ritual:
The history of Ritual/Ceremony and the differences between them
General Features of Ritual/Ceremony
How to write a good ritual or ceremony
Preparation for a ritual or a ceremony
Each module is taught over a period of one weekend, (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) with a certain amount of preparatory research required before each.
On completion of the above, provided the Student shows a commitment to LifeRites and the course they will continue their studies. Some students choose to conduct only one type of ceremony whilst others will continue with both the Life Celebrancy Course and the Death Celebrancy Course.