A funeral director works with families and friends of the deceased to set up services and to coordinate all arrangements and memorials related to this difficult time. Funeral directors can also work with individuals and families interested in prearranging funeral plans. This area has become more popular in recent years, as concerned individuals choose to take care of their own funerary plans while healthy and in sound mind, so as to lessen the burden on loved ones later on.
A person interested in this career needs to have excellent people skills. Funeral directors typically meet with clients during periods of terrible grief and bereavement. Persons in this field must balance compassion, sympathy, and understanding, while also directing clients to available options and assisting them through the funerary process. A funeral director must also be very organized. He or she will typically have to coordinate with a variety of others. The funeral director works with floral and monument subcontractors, interment sites, and local churches and clergy. Funeral directors typically have a network of trusted associates in related services whom they are able to call upon.
Funeral directors generally start their training by seeking out dedicated education and training programs in specialized vocational and technical schools. Most companies that hire funeral directors will also seek out candidates with practical experience in the funerary process. Funeral directors typically work regular office hours, but they may also be required to work evenings and weekends, based upon the needs of clients.
Funeral Director Tasks
File burial permits and complete all necessary paperwork related to the death process.
Organize the transport of the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home and from the funeral home to the cemetery.
Assist families in making funeral arrangements and advise them on the financial obstacles they face.