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Become A Funeral Director

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Working As A Funeral Director

  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $48,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Funeral Director Do At Stonemor Partners L.P.

* Meets with clients to make funeral arrangements, explains service options, assists in casket selection, provides pricing information, and prepares standardized contracts for services.
* Performs technical and cosmological embalming services.
* Finalizes details discussed during arrangement conferences with with approprioate tracking & compliance documents.
* Directs funeral services and visitation, including greeting family members, opening parlor, coordinating and instructing pallbearers, greeting and escorting clergy to chapel.
* May assist with funerals while not acting as primary director or act as hearse or limousine driver when needed.
* Prepares or coordinates preparation and issuance of permits and documents associated with funerals and embalming.
* This includes death certificate, permits from coroner, writing embalming case study and others as required.
* Removes and transports deceased from home or hospital to funeral home.
* Maintains cleanliness of preparation room and equipment.
* Performs all other related functions as assigned

What Does A Funeral Director Do At Sci Shared Resources, LLC

* Taking first calls
* Talking with families
* Answering questions
* Providing initial details
* Conducting transfers
* Confirms authorization to proceed with the service arrangements
* Supervises and cares for the deceased in a respectful manner while performing a variety of tasks which include:
* Embalming, including verifying identification of the deceased and obtaining authorization for embalming
* Restoring
* Dressing, styling hair and/or applying cosmetics.
* Preparing cremated remains, including container selection, paperwork and identification procedures
* Any other preparation required for human remains
* Supervises funeral services by:
* Supervising the parking of cars
* Ushering
* Driving funeral vehicles
* Assisting at chapel and church services
* Assisting at the cemetery
* Delivering flowers, caskets, urn, photos and other personal keepsakes or mementos of client families
* Setting up chairs and the removing, properly caring for and storing of these items
* Participating at special functions
* Other duties, as required
* Ensures adherence to all applicable professional, municipal, provincial/state and federal licensing authority, regulations and rules
* Provides aftercare in absence of Family Service Counselor.
* Aftercare includes delivery of:
* Documentation
* Stationery
* Information on insurance, health benefits and pension
* Pre-arrangements for next of kin
* Ensures potential pre-need referrals are shared with Family Service Counselors
* Completes and accurately prepares of all documents related to services, cremations, maintenance, and any other type of data entry; prepares reports as necessary
* May assist with general office duties
* May assist with the maintenance of vehicles, the facility and property
* Receives caskets and other funeral home supplies as well as places into inventory
* Ensures refreshments are available (where allowed by law)
* Performs other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Funeral Director

An associate’s degree in funeral service or mortuary science is the typical education requirement for funeral service workers. With the exception of funeral service managers, all workers must be licensed in Washington, D.C. and every state in which they work, except Colorado which offers a voluntary certification program. 

Education

An associate’s degree in mortuary science is the typical education requirement for all funeral service workers. Courses taken usually include those covering the topics of ethics, grief counseling, funeral service, and business law. All accredited programs also include courses in embalming and restorative techniques. States have their own education requirements, and state licensing laws vary. Most employers require applicants to be 21 years old; have 2 years of formal education; serve a 1-year internship before, during, or after attending a mortuary college; and pass a state licensing exam after graduation. 

In some states, licensure for funeral directors and embalmers is separate.   

The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) accredits 58 funeral service and mortuary science programs, most of which are 2-year associate’s degree programs offered at community colleges. Some programs offer a bachelor’s degree.

Although an associate’s degree is usually adequate, some employers prefer applicants to have a bachelor’s degree.

High school students can prepare to become a funeral service worker by taking courses in biology, chemistry, and business, and by participating in public speaking.

Part-time or summer jobs in funeral homes also provide valuable experience.

Training

Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors must complete hands-on training, usually lasting 1 to 3 years, under the direction of a licensed funeral director or manager. The internship may be completed before, during, or after completing a 2-year funeral service or mortuary science program and passing a national board exam. Internships provide practical experience in all aspects of the funeral service.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

With the exception of funeral service managers, all workers must be licensed in Washington, D.C. and every state in which they work, except Colorado which offers a voluntary certification program. Although licensing laws and examinations vary by state, most applicants must meet the following criteria:       

  • Be 21 years old
  • Complete 2 years in an ABFSE funeral service or mortuary science program, and pass a national board exam
  • Serve an internship lasting 1 to 3 years

Applicants must then pass a state licensing exam. Working in multiple states will require multiple licenses. For specific requirements, applicants should contact each applicable state licensing board.

Most states require funeral directors and embalmers to receive continuing education credits annually to keep their licenses.

The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) offer crematory certification designations. A growing number of states are requiring certification for those who will perform cremations. For specific requirements, applicants should contact their state board.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Workers increasingly are being required to have some office management experience, particularly for funeral service managers who run their own funeral home business.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Knowledge of financial statements and the ability to run a funeral home efficiently and profitably are important for funeral directors and managers.

Compassion. Death is a delicate and emotional matter. Funeral service workers must be able to treat clients with care and sympathy in their time of loss.

Interpersonal skills. Funeral service workers should have good interpersonal skills. When speaking with families, for instance, they must be tactful and able to explain and discuss all matters about services provided.

Time-management skills. Funeral service workers must be able to handle numerous tasks for multiple customers, often over a short timeframe.

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Real Funeral Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Funeral Director Summitlee LLC Norcross, GA Jan 12, 2016 $55,557
Funeral Director Summitlee LLC Norcross, GA Aug 09, 2016 $55,557
Funeral Director Summitcrest, Inc. Decatur, GA Sep 21, 2013 $54,060
Funeral Director Summitcrest, Inc. Decatur, GA Sep 26, 2013 $54,060
Funeral Director Summitcrest, Inc. Decatur, GA Sep 15, 2013 $54,050
Funeral Director Benta's Funeral Home New York, NY Oct 12, 2010 $51,591 -
$52,175
Funeral Directors Benta's Funeral Home Inc. New York, NY Feb 18, 2010 $46,624
Funeral Director Summitcrest, Inc. Decatur, GA Sep 26, 2013 $46,280 -
$54,060

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Top Skills for A Funeral Director

FuneralServiceOptionsRemovalsFileDeathCertificatesFuneralArrangementsCompleteLegalDocumentsFuneralHomesCustomerServiceCremationServicesOshaPrepRoomMemorialServicesDiscussFinalDispositionArrangementConferencesObituaryNoticesDirector/EmbalmerInsuranceClaimsFinancialRecordsAvailableFuneralPlansClientFamilies

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Top Funeral Director Skills

  1. Funeral Service Options
  2. Removals
  3. File Death Certificates
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide information on funeral service options, products, and merchandise, and maintain a casket display area.
  • Assisted licensed funeral directors and embalmers with removals, embalming, viewings, and helping on funeral services.
  • Obtain information to effectively file death certificates and burial permits.
  • Assisted families in making funeral arrangements including coordination with clergy, cemetery, and newspapers for obituaries.
  • Consult with families of the deceased to obtain information needed to complete legal documents.

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