Profile cover photo
Profile photo

Post has attachment

Post has attachment

The Duties and Responsibilities of a Funeral Director

The main function of a mortician or a funeral director is to carry out every detail of a funeral that perfectly conforms with the religious and personal beliefs of the deceased and their loved ones. By accomplishing this feat, a funeral director helps the surviving loved ones cope with their loss and more easily make their way through the grieving process. Most of the duties and responsibilities of a funeral director will be accomplished inside the funeral home.

Here is just a glance of some of the things required to become a successful funeral director.

Education. To become a legally recognized mortician or funeral director you must have at the very least an associate degree in mortuary science. The focus of your degree will include multiple areas of study, such as how to properly prepare bodies for burial, counseling family and loved ones, funeral management and laws and regulations associated with death and funeral services. Students are also required to work directly under the supervision of a licensed funeral director for one to three years. Once you have completed your degree and work-study, you will have to apply and obtain a license from your state to legally become a practicing funeral director.

Major Duties and Responsibilities. A funeral director is in charge of acquiring the body of the deceased from the hospital. After the body is retrieved, the funeral director will meet with the family of the deceased to arrange the preparation of the body and start planning the funeral. The funeral director will also begin filing the proper paperwork necessary to acquire the death certificate and any life insurance policies of the deceased that may be needed to aid in payment of the funeral. A funeral director may also help make arrangements for individuals who wish to plan and pay for their own funeral services in advance.

Hectic Work Schedule. The life of a mortician is not known to be ordinary. You will be required to pick up bodies on a moments notice and then quickly start planning the funeral. Typically, a funeral will be planned within one to three days after the death. Also, you will never know when a call is coming on or how many calls will come in. This type of schedule can be hectic and stressful too many. Never knowing when you will be busy or have some downtime can put a damper on holidays, vacations and any other types of plans you need to make. And, remember that even when you work long or odd hours, you will have to show compassion and patience with your clients and still focus on managing your time wisely. It can be overwhelming to some of us, and not everyone is cut out to be a funeral director.

The employment of funeral directors is only expected to increase in the following years. In fact, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics is predicting an 18% increase in the employment of funeral director between the years of 2010 and 2020. Becoming a funeral director can be a long and difficult journey, but it takes someone special to perform the necessary tasks involved in a funeral while working through a hectic schedule and properly consoling grieving loved ones. Any one of these tasks could discourage even the hardest worker, and if you fit the unique mold of a successful funeral director, then you should jump at the chance and allow your unique abilities to help people through one of their most difficult times.

Add a comment...
Wait while more posts are being loaded