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What Is A Funeral Director?

What Is A Funeral Director?

A funeral director is also known as a mortician or undertaker. They are a professional involved in the business of funeral rites and services. These tasks often entail the embalming and burial or cremation of the dead, as well as the coordination and arrangement of the actual funeral service. The range of services they can provide are:

  • Removal and coordinating the transfer of the deceased from place of death to the funeral home.
  • Professional services for the deceased, which can include sanitary washing, embalming preparation, restorative art, dressing, hairdressing, casketing and cosmetology.
  • Funeral consultation with family members to obtain necessary personal information and to review optional arrangements for the funeral service.
  • Prepare and file all certificates, permits, affidavits, and authorizations as may be required by various state laws and agencies. This includes arranging for clergy honorariums, music, flowers, death certificates, additional transportation, etc.
  • Acquire certified copies of the death certificate(s). These are needed to settle the estate of the deceased.
  • Compile information and create an obituary for placement for the family.
  • Work with a family’s choice of clergy person, church, music and related funeral services.
  • Make arrangements for disposition with cemetery or crematory.
  • Acquire and provide a registration book, prayer cards, funeral folders, and various acknowledgements as requested by the family.
  • Assisting with the notification of relatives and friends of the deceased.
  • Care of floral pieces and the post funeral distribution as directed by the family.
  • Arranging for pallbearers, automobiles, and special services (fraternal or military) as requested by the family.
  • Care and preservation of all floral cards, mass cards, or other memorial contributions presented to the funeral home.
  • Officiating the administration of funeral services and in complete charge of the funeral procession to the cemetery or other place of disposition.
  • Assisting the family with social security, veterans insurance, grief counseling, and other death-related claims.
  • Meeting with the family, after the funeral to deliver such things as the register book, floral and mass cards, and to ascertain whether or not he/she can be of further assistance.

The funeral director is compensated for the above services.

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