Posted by EmmaCurtis

Hosted by National Convention for Celebrants


Sept. 27, 2018

Start time:

12:45 p.m. (GMT)

End time:

1:45 p.m. (GMT)

To be held at a private location

This Death Cafe has taken place

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About this Death Cafe

This Death Cafe is for celebrants attending the National Convention for Celebrants. It's fantastic that the convention has invited us to hold a Death Cafe and experience what it is like to talk about death in a personal, very human context, no professional 'hats' to be worn - and all supported by tea and cake.

About National Convention for Celebrants

This Death Cafe is facilitated by Emma Curtis, secular minister, celebrant, CBT-hypnotherapist, opera singer and founder of Celebrant Support.


Emma is the founder of Extraordinary Ceremonies, creating highly personalised funerals and memorial ceremonies based on the personalities and beliefs of those she serves, however individual. As a certified celebrant, thanatologist, grief specialist and therapist, she fully supports the bereaved through and beyond the funeral ceremony.  She is both a minister and pastoral counsellor ordained in the USA, and an independent celebrant trained in the UK.


Emma's thirty years on the international stage as a professional opera singer and actress support her expertise in presentation skills and public speaking. She has facilitated groups and workshops throughout her career, many focussed on voice, grief, play, laughter, creativity, confidence and presentation.

Emma was named runner-up in the Minister of the Year category of the 2017 Good Funeral Awards, the first non-religious minister to be recognised in this category. 


Emma teaches and mentors celebrants and ministers. She is the creator and facilitator of Time to Altar Grief, an ongoing secular altar for the community created from memorial art. She also runs death and grief positivity workshops for both adults and children and has presented at many festivals and events including the National Trust's Life. Death. Whatever., Belief and Beyond Belief at the Southbank Centre, for the British Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum and for the Open University