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What does a funeral director do?

July 12, 2019

funeral directorThere are various roles within a funeral home, including funeral arranger, conductor, funeral attendant, funeral director, and embalmer.

A funeral director may perform the following tasks:  provide information over the phone to bereaved people,  arrange for the removal of bodies from private homes, hospitals and sometimes from accident scenes, give advice on funeral arrangements, interview relatives to discuss style of funeral coffin/casket, cars, flowers and costs , preserve, prepare and keep bodies for viewing before burial or cremation, liaise with clergy or celebrants, conduct the funeral, make arrangements for the burial or cremation ceremony, organise the after-service reception including the catering , confirm the issue and verification of a Medical Certificate or obtain a Coroner’s Certificate, register the death and obtain a Death Certificate, transport the casket from the service to the burial or cremation , assist with legal details ,assist and support the relatives and friends through the arrangements and ceremonies, organise all notices of the death and funeral arrangements in the media , administer day-to-day branch operations in finances, marketing and human resources , coordinate and supervise funeral workers including embalmers, drivers, receptionists or clerical assistants ,make arrangements for interment/cremation or repatriation, if required, after checking that all proper documentation has been completed ,  collect the body from the hospital, mortuary or place of death and drive passenger vehicles, mortuary vans and hearses , assist in preparing the body and placing it in the coffin , escort mourners to funeral chapels , set up burial equipment such as mats and lowering straps if required, arrange floral tributes and distribute and collect attendance and tribute cards , clean parlours, chapels and hearses , assist with carrying and lowering coffins. They are also available at any time to help ease the mind of the family whether with questions that they may have or even reassurance that everything is under control.
Funeral practices and rites vary greatly among cultures and religions. However, funeral practices usually share some common elements—removing the deceased to a mortuary, preparing the remains, performing a ceremony that honours the deceased and addresses the spiritual needs of the family, and carrying out final wishes of the deceased. Funeral directors arrange and direct these tasks for grieving families, taking great pride in their ability to provide comfort to family and friends of the deceased and in providing appropriate services.

Funeral directors, also called morticians and undertakers, arrange the details and handle the logistics of funerals, taking into account the wishes of the deceased and family members.