Morticians prepare bodies for cremation or burial. They are usually formally trained at a mortuary college or via an apprenticeship. When morticians gains possession of a body, they begin the ceremonial rites. They first disinfect the body with a germicide. They then drain all the blood from the blood vessels of the deceased. Morticians then fill the blood vessels with embalming fluid and dyes to preserve the condition of the body, delay any decay or infection and to help the body to look healthy for a funeral service or viewing. Morticians also position the body in the casket to help it look more presentable.
If families choose to cremate the deceased, morticians will select the cremation date, order an urn and arrange for the ashes to be sent to the family. In some circumstances, a mortician can act as a grief counselor when families get too overwhelmed with sorrow when making the final arrangements. Morticians have the ability to give comfort to those who are in dire need. They are there to support and assist them in any way possible.
Sometimes morticians will also act as funeral directors. When they do so, they help the families of the deceased arrange the funeral, oversee the funeral logistics and complete any paperwork that might be necessary. They may also be in charge of writing obituaries and arranging them for the local newspaper. After a service, morticians collect the plants, flowers, cards, and gifts that are delivered to the funeral home and give them to the family of the deceased.