An embalmer/funeral director is a highly trained and licensed professional that carries out all activities involving funeral preparation. He/she performs registration of deaths, directs funerals, and prepares deceased bodies for visits by family members. They use special products, such as germicidal soap and embalming fluid, to clean and preserve body tissues. In cases of disfiguration, they use clay, cotton, and wax to reconstruct the body.
An embalmer/funeral director works in funeral homes and crematories. In order to efficiently carry out their role, they should be caring and sensitive when dealing with families who have lost loved ones. They should also have excellent communication skills, listening skills, and should have empathy and compassion.
Embalmers/funeral directors work 40 hours a week on average. They usually work in shifts, although their work schedule can be irregular because it depends on the number of funerals.