Helping others to cope with the emotional upheaval a major loss brings is the funeral profession's most important duties.Comfort, compassion and kindness are strengths people rely on, being an organizational specialist is a practical must for every funeral director.
In addition to the bereavement and consolation, here is a short list of some of the more visible duties performed by funeral directors:
- Removal and transferring the deceased from place of death to the Funeral Home.
- Professional care of the deceased, which may include sanitary washing, embalming preparation, restorative art, dressing, hairdressing, casketing and cosmetology.
- Detailed consultation with family members to gather necessary information and to discuss specific arrangements for the funeral service.
- File all certificates, permits, affidavits, and authorizations, as may be required.
- Acquire a requested amount of certified copies of the death certificate. These are needed to settle the estate of the deceased.
- Compile information and create an obituary for placement for the family.
- Make arrangements with a family's choice of clergy person, church, music, etc.
- Make arrangements with cemetery, crematory, or other place of disposition.
- Providing of the register book, prayer cards, funeral folders, and acknowledgements, as requested by the family.
- Assisting with the notifying relatives and friends.
- Arranging for clergy honorariums, music, flowers, death certificates, additional transportation, etc.
- 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.
- Directing the funeral services in a most professional manner, and in complete charge of the funeral procession to the cemetery or other place of disposition.
- Assist 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.