M4F-Queering the Funeral Industry - The Equality Network

M4F-Queering the Funeral Industry

Let’s learn about the various aspects of LGBTIQ+ funerals and how you can become more inclusive as a member of the funeral industry.
Bronte · 16/07/2021

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What You'll learn

  • How to respond appropriately to a first enquiry about an LGBTIQ+ funeral.
  • How to make the funeral ceremony respectful.
  • Common mistakes that can happen at LGBTIQ+ funerals and how to avoid them.
  • Some things that may surprise you at LGBTIQ+ funerals.
  • LGBTIQ+ health check for your funeral business. 
  • How to become a credible funeral business for LGBTIQ+ clients.
  • Drafting an LGBTIQ+ inclusion policy.

Prerequisite- You must complete Module 3 course – “M3-Understanding LGBTIQ+ Fears & Struggles before taking this course. 

Who Can Take This Course?

➢ Funeral celebrants or officiants
➢ Embalmers
➢ Funeral directors and arrangers
➢ Suppliers of funeral products and services
➢ Crematorium technicians
➢ Hearse drivers
➢ Professionals from the funeral industry
➢ Anyone who wants to learn more about the LGBTIQ+ community!

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Course Description

Lifetime access to the course
Short 5-10min sections
Pause and resume the course at your convenience
Additional reading material and resources

Respecting the dead- Queer Funeral Guide

The funeral industry in Australia is still predominantly for cis straight people. This means that the ceremonies and funeral traditions followed by funeral directors are also heteronormatve. And on one level, it makes sense, as there are far more cis straight people in the general population than there are LGBTIQ+ people.  

But after all this time, to simply not have any aspects of LGBTIQ+ people’s lives or culture reflected in their funeral is an erasure of those LGBTIQ+ experiences. People who are members of the rainbow community often have to live closeted lives, fearing abuse, violence and unacceptance from their friends and family. It seems grossly unfair if they continue to be unacknowledged even in their death. 

With this LGBTIQ+ funeral inclusion course, you can make a difference! 

Here, Bronte covers the main aspects of LGBTIQ+ funerals, how they’re different from traditional funerals and why it is important to provide “dignity in death” to LGBTIQ+ people. 

A few points covered in this course are:

  • Reasons why this course is important.
  • How to appropriately respond to a first enquiry about an LGBTIQ+ funeral.
  • How to make an LGBTIQ+ funeral respectful.
  • Common mistakes that can happen at LGBTIQ+ funerals and how to avoid them.
  • Some things that may surprise you at LGBTIQ+ funerals.
  • An LGBTIQ+ health check for your funeral business. 
  • How to become a credible funeral business for LGBTIQ+ clients. 
  • Drafting an LGBTIQ+ inclusion policy.

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About Instructor

Bronte

I’m Bronte Price, a full-time male marriage and funeral celebrant. In my spare time, I’m a qualified trainer, veggie gardener, foodie, and piano player. I married my husband, Clint, in April 2019 – it was the best day of our lives! It was both exciting and fascinating planning our own wedding “from the other side” and it gave me a great insight into what couples go through in the leadup to their special day. The whole experience made me a better celebrant! Clint and I are parents to our beloved rescue kelpie, Bingo, aged five. Most Sunday afternoons will find us at DTs, in Richmond, one of Melbourne’s iconic gay pubs, catching up with our close mates. As a former senior executive in state and local government (most recently as Assistant Director Data Analytics with the Victorian Ombudsman), I’ve picked up some pretty useful skills that I’ve been able to put into practice as a celebrant.

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  • 15 Lessons
  • 15 Quizzes
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