Performs various tasks to arrange and direct funeral services, such as coordinating transportation of body to mortuary, interviewing family or other authorized person to arrange details, selecting pallbearers, aiding with the selection of officials for religious rites, and providing transportation for mourners.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Personal Care Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Obtains information needed to complete legal documents, such as death certificates or burial permits.
- Consults with families or friends of the deceased to arrange funeral details, such as obituary notice wording, casket selection, or plans for services.
- Performs embalming duties as necessary.
- Oversees the preparation and care of the remains of people who have died.
- Contacts cemeteries to schedule the opening and closing of graves.
- Removes deceased remains from place of death.
- Arranges for clergy members to perform needed services.
- Provides information on funeral service options, products, or merchandise and maintains a casket display area.
- Offers counsel and comfort to bereaved families or friends.
- Maintains financial records, orders merchandise, or prepares accounts.
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