What Funeral Directors Do


The way funeral directors practice their work varies greatly among cultures and countries. The country with the most diversity happens to be Canada because of its influx of immigration throughout the 1900’s. Despite the differences in job, all work entails that the mortician must remove the body, prepare it, perform a ceremony, and finally carry out the remains in an appropriate way. The following article explains the exact details of the job for those who are interested in studying to become a professional.

Funeral directors go by a few different names. They may be referred to as a mortician or as an undertaker but by far the most popular happens to be the first. This is a career that not many are prepared to handle. Death and bodies are two vices that many people fear so those who want to become involved must be dedicated and educated. They also must be highly organized because they have to handle a great deal of plans like that of the ceremony and final disposal of the body. If thinking about dead people gives you the creeps, than it’s a better choice to find a happier field.

When people call up a funeral home to start making plans, the first person who answers the phone will be one of the main funeral directors. They are going to handle your details and wishes. If your loved one who has passed away created a pre-paid plan, than this person will have all that information written down. They will also have a pre existing account set up with all the money set aside. During the initial interview they will talk to you about your and the deceased personal desires. 75% of people ask about flowers first because they want something beautiful to visibly remind them of happiness.

Together, the family works with funeral directors to establish where the funeral will be held, what time it will start, who will officiate the ceremony, and what will happen to the remains. There are two choices; burial or cremation. Burial used to hold the spot as the most popular custom, but these days many people ask for cremation because family and friends can keep tiny jars of the body. It is also the job of the mortician to write up an obituary and have the article placed in all local and national newspapers.

Well-established funeral directors will have many contacts in the death industry. They should have the numbers of florists, costume makers, makeup artists, and transportation services. It’s also important that they know therapists in the area in case a family needs to talk to someone for mental health issues. Most people will also be trained to embalm the body after death. This means that they can create a casual look for the body in a sanitary way. If the family decides to have an open casket, this way the body will be acceptable and look much more life like.

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Kenneth Steward Robertson



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