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Religious & Cultural Beliefs & Practices in Cemeteries (Day 1 of 2)

Vocational training & education
2022-08-30 09:00 - 13:00
On Line

This fascinating online workshop, presented over two part days, is vital for everyone interested in delivering culturally appropriate cemetery services.

With religion a major factor in much cemetery use, cemetery practitioners require an effective understanding of the needs of their religious communities. This interactive program identifies dynamics of major religious groups within increasingly diverse Australia and explores a range of differing beliefs and customary practices played out in multicultural cemeteries.

 Learning Outcomes

  • Understand origins of major religions and current trends in Australian faith.
  •  Appreciate the significance of religion among cemetery clients.
  • Hear first-hand perspectives on a range of popular beliefs and customs around death, interment, mourning and commemoration.
  • Consider perspectives of Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism.
  • Consider also common indigenous Australian practices, Chinese practice of feng shui and common irreligious or secular perspectives.
  • Gain greater cultural appreciation, understanding and empathy with the needs and expectations of mourners of diverse beliefs.
  • Increase personal confidence in communicating with, and effectively caring for, a broader range of clients, including followers of less familiar traditions.
  • Learn and share how cemeteries may more effectively serve diverse client groups.


  • CCANSW Member: Free for the first 2 registrations from a financial CCANSW Category A member. This offer is available to members that have not already utilised this membership benefit by having two delegates attend this course during the 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023 period.
  • CCANSW Member: $250 per person (for additional registrations)
  • Non Members: $350 per person.

Facilitator: Dr Philip Bachelor OAM is a leading cemetery administrator, researcher, author and educator.

Handouts: PowerPoint slides and details of invaluable resources will be available to participants on completion.

Course Delivery: This is an official CCANSW training program, using the services of a qualified facilitator. The program has been customised for CCANSW requirements with member interaction and shared learning.


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All Dates

  • 2022-08-30 09:00 - 13:00

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