What Happens When We Die

9:00 AM
4:00 PM

Howard & Gannon Funeral Directors

A Funeral Training Tutorial


Sunday 22nd August 2021 — 9am to 4pm


A Funeral Training Tutorial


Howard & Gannon Funeral Directors

Cnr Lee Road and Gloucester Street

Taradale, Napier, Hawke’s Bay


Purchase your tickets at our Humanitix Event Page. Ticket sales close at the end of the day on Monday the 16th of August.

Funeral Training Tutors

Sarah Gnad - The Celebrants Training College

Julie O'Brien and Ross Gannon - Howard & Gannon Funerals

Your opportunity to learn first-hand about the funeral industry.

Sarah is an experienced marriage and funeral celebrant who values nurturing relationships to create meaningful ceremonies that celebrate life and love. Based in Christ-church, she has spent many years successfully training funeral and marriage celebrants with the Celebrants Training College. Sarah has been a CANZ member since 2011 and will lead you through 2 comprehensive modules.

1. Saying Goodbye: contact from the FD; what you need to know before saying yes; working alongside a family, gathering information, meeting their needs, the grief journey and what’s important to them.

2. Co-creating the ceremony, structure, content and order of service. Liaising with speakers, managing on-the-day, working alongside the FD, technology, music, slide-show; folder setup, timekeeping, pastoral care; facilitating and holding space plus Covid restrictions.

Julie and Ross are Funeral Directors. Their company, Howard & Gannon Funerals, has built an excellent reputation for providing the very best funeral care to the families and local communities they serve.

Their bright, modern premises includes Sugar Loaf Chapel that comfortably seats 160 people, current technology, plus a full range of products, services and facilities. Their culture is very much ‘team’ focussed.

Their tutorial will comprehensively cover what happens from the first call received to laying a loved one to rest, together with sensitive and professional care of the bereaved family. We will also get a guided tour through their premises.

Julie and Ross each bring rich and diverse backgrounds to their services and care at difficult times in people’s lives.


WORKSHOP TUTORIAL COST includes morning tea and a light lunch

CANZ MEMBER - $135 || NON MEMBER - $150

Attendees from outside Hawke’s Bay may wish to travel to the region on Saturday 21st August.

We recommend the Ballina Motel, which is very handy to Taradale and the venue.

Taradale has numerous eateries and cafes. http://www.ballinamotel.co.nz

BOOKS WILL BE ON SALE at a discounted rate. ‘Conversations about death’ and ‘The Ultimate Funeral Guide’ both by Sally Cant, who is CEO of The Celebrants Training College here in NZ and in Australia.