Feedback from Participants

 

Online- September 2020

 

I found the interaction between instructor and all the participants works very well online. The best part was enthusiasm, depth of emotion and compassion Todd brought to the workshop.

The simulated funeral services prepared by each person were the highlights of the course. To witness the creativity of each one, the delivery of each service, and the background that you provided on each case was interesting.

I enjoyed the assignments and learned a lot from them.

The encouragement and examples that we received to tell life stories. Todd was always sharing stories that would apply to the subject of the moment. As a police officer I could write a factual report on just about anything. Todd has taught me how to listen for stories and expand on that information.

Very thoroughly covered and in an organized clearly set out manner.

Todd shared the necessary information, then added so many enriching personal anecdotes and experiences that the information came alive. I also really liked the group size and encourage you to cap the attendance at 12. It felt intimate and interactive.

The interaction and concise information. I missed the classroom setting, however.

Todd’s style of teaching as a conversation was especially helpful in the Zoom environment. I also feel very confident after a number of practice exercises and seeing what others did with the same thing.

Great job, Todd. This course was well worth its time and value. It is evident this is your passion and I am grateful for the comfort you bring families suffering a death of a loved one.

Excellent instructor! Knowledgeable and open to all questions. Would certainly recommend this course.

This course was such a gift, providing clarity with no doubt that this is the right path for me. It has ignited a passion in me to explore more in depth learning to end of life doula and grief support. Thank you - I have found my calling!

I loved everything about this course. I feel like it gave me good insight into the life of a funeral celebrant and allowed me to explore if this was a good fit for me. It provided realistic expectations about what we could expect if we chose to do this work.

Overall, I think the course was great! The offer by Todd to leave the Facebook page up and running is much appreciated. I hope my course mates will take advantage to use it to keep in contact with each other and encourage each other as we start out on new careers. I am glad that all attendees agreed to share their presentations as I think we can all learn something from each other.

Todd, you are a very gifted celebrant and educator. I am so glad I took this course - even if I never serve as a celebrant myself, I learned a lot that will help me as a death doula and just as a person in regular life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Very well presented. I had resisted taking the course due to the way celebrant programs have been presented in the past. (Not by Todd) The slamming of clergy was always a turn off to me when this is encouraged at funeral conferences. My struggle is - first I don't agree, I have awesome clergy I deal with, that in no way push any religion and are never judgmental - that said, I recognize this is not always the case. I just would like to see less putting down of clergy in the promotion of celebrants. Honestly I think this is more by the funeral homes, than organizations like yours Todd. A result as FH's require staff to become celebrants in order to make more revenue It's a fine line that I guess is just a pet peeve of mine. Again, I realize, not all areas have wonderful pastors, but that in my opinion is on the Director to have a collection of names clergy or celebrants in mind for who best serves the individual family. I was asked by my boss to do the program because I was doing so many services already and it would simply be wise. I am so thankful I did! Thank you so much!

Saskatoon - January 2020

 

Your sincere and caring heart.  The heart felt stories that you shared.  The respect & gentle encouragement offered to all participants.  A very organized presentation & awesome facilitation.  Thank you for a delightful, fun, engaging and significant learning weekend.    

Todd is an amazing facilitator!!  Very approachable, warm, open sincere and willing to answer any questions that are asked.  Todd has a beautiful heart and is perfect in this role as a celebrant and facilitator.  Todd you are living out such a purposeful life!!  Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be part of it!!

What I most liked was how real Todd was.  His reassurance that its okay to show emotion was huge for me.  I love the thought of being able to help people in a positive way in their time of need.  I loved everyone in our group and they were accepted for who they are.  Everyone felt valued.

The entire weekend was wonderful.  Todd has a wealth of experience, his stories - all so impactful.  Todd was extremely organized, approachable and well spoken.    Thank you, Todd!  You are a great teacher and a gift!  

Todd, I loved your stories and warm demeanor.  You made me feel comfortable and helped me to start overcoming my fear of public speaking.  I honestly just loved it!

I received so much helpful information.  Looking forward to using it.​

Thank you, Todd, it was awesome.  Your transparency is refreshing.

The sharing of stories from Todd’s many years of experience and the sharing from the participants.  The stories were the heart & soul of the training and made the learning real and the practical application made the learning memorable. I enjoyed the cross-section of participants from rural to small town to big city.  This provided a broad range of experience.

Todd was great.  His stories made you feel you were right there.

I absolutely loved the course.  Todd is an exceptional leader, mentor and facilitator.

This training exceeded my expectations.  Thank you, Todd - You Are Amazing!

Thank you, Todd, for all you do. This job is hard to do, and you helped us in your teaching and your stories to become better listeners. I can't say enough how I enjoyed learning new material and being with a group of such caring people. thanks again.

Thank you, Todd.  I believe this course was well thought out and planned.  It has given me the confidence I need to move into a new chapter in my life.  I am looking forward to serving families in a new way.  Venue was good.  Easy to get to.  Restaurant excellent.  Room great.  Coffee and liquids and snacks, excellent.

Edmonton- October 2019

 

Thank you so much for this training! Everything about it was excellent! You created such an enjoyable learning environment that was inclusive and encouraging! I really appreciated the details and depth of your training, and the confidence and resources we came away with!

Online- June 2020

 

I loved the Zoom meetings. I would not have traveled for the course due to other commitments.

Todd was outstanding. I’m so happy I took the course!!

It was interesting to take this course at the same time I took another course. What i really appreciated with Todd's course in comparison, was the ability to be vulnerable. The mini-me groups to have a better chance to get to know each other.  With Zoom Meetings, they can seem cold, but getting to know other participants really brought  our group together. I'm rather sad it is done.

I liked how we were all involved with homework and in-class activities.
I liked how Todd kept us engaged by using our names from time to time in examples. I liked how Todd made us feel comfortable and relaxed right away and how the group pulled together quite quickly and became a family. I am sure relationships have been made that will continue into the future!

All aspects of the workshop were wonderful! Even though virtual I still felt a connection with other participants and bonds were formed. Todd is an excellent facilitator and his passion and compassion come through in his teachings!

I enjoyed the interaction and discussion among participants. I have taken online training previously where only the facilitator spoke and answered questions. Participation and interaction was encouraged, and so very appreciated.

Though I feel nervous about doing a funeral - I know I am well prepared and have been trained with the best training. I would have loved to do a live workshop instead of over the internet but I am so happy that we had the opportunity to do it when we aren't able to gather together right now with the darn Covid.
I am very happy that I had the opportunity to attend this workshop! It was informative and I feel like we were given enough material to be able to move forward into creating our own business with little problem.

I just want to state again that Todd Is an outstanding instructor. This workshop exceeded my expectations and I’m so happy I made a quick last minute decision and joined.

Thank you Todd for a wonderful course. I have left feeling a little more confident in my abilities to plan prioritize and execute service. Your experience and off discussion was invaluable.

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