The curriculum covers:  

  • Articulating the Value of the Funeral
  • YOU as the Facilitator
  • Listening Skills
  • Family Meetings
  • Making it Personal
  • Service Planning
  • Creating Sacred Space
  • Writing the Service
  • Being Mindful of Many Traditions
  • Music and Readings Resources
  • Composing the Service in Printed Form
  • Closing Ceremonies
  • Creating and Facilitating Rituals and Ceremonies
  • Encouragoing Participation
  • Presentation Skills
  • Reflections on the Occasion or Meditation 
  • Biography, Life Story, Slide Show, or Video
  • Remembrances from Family and Friends
  • Closing Words, Prayer, Blessing, Benediction


Friday and Saturday:  Beacon HIll Commumnity Room, Beacon Hill Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 

Sunday: Penn Forest Natural Burial Park, Verona, PA


Friday:  5:30PM - 8:30PM

Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Sunday:  9:00AM - 1:00PM

To complete the certification process:

  • Co-facilitate as an officiant from start to completion. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency by officiating at two services as primary facilitator while under observation. 
  • Meet for a final one-on-one to discern readiness.  
  • Compose and submit photo and article for Spiritworks Officiant Lisiting 


To register submit:  

  • Resume containing your complete contact information.
  • Written statement as to why you wish to be certified as a Officiant.
  • Registration commitment fee of $50.00 (cash, check or credit card)
  • The remaining $200 is due 2 weeks before class.   

Submit to:

Patricia D. Brown, Director of Spiritworks, Inc.


7282 Beacon Hill Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Spiritworks is a registered 501 C 3 non-profit.