Funeral Director Job Description

The Funeral Director performs various tasks to arrange and directs funeral services, such as coordinating transportation of body to mortuary for embalming, interviewing family or other authorized person to arrange details, selecting pallbearers, procuring official for religious rites, and providing transportation for mourners.

Tasks for Funeral Directors

  • The Funeral Director obtains information needed to complete legal documents such as death certificate and burial permits.
  • The Funeral Director over see’s the preparation and care of the remains of people who have died.
  • The Funeral Director consults with families or friends of the deceased to arrange funeral details such as obituary notice wording, casket selection, and plans for services.
  • The Funeral Director plans, schedules, and coordinates funerals, burials, and cremations, arranging details such as floral delivery and the time and place of services.
  • The Funeral Director performs embalming duties as necessary to their clients.
  • The Funeral Director arranges for clergy members to perform needed services.
  • The Funeral Director contacts cemeteries to schedule the opening and closing of graves.
  • The Funeral Director provides information on funeral service options, products, and merchandise, and maintains a casket display area.
  • The Funeral Director closes caskets and leads funeral corteges to churches or burial sites.
  • The Funeral Director informs survivors of benefits for which they may be eligible.

Tools and Technology Used

  • Cadaver lifter or transfer devices – Casket lifters, Hydraulic body lifts, Mortuary lifts
  • Embalming injecting tubes – Carotid tubes, Curved arterial tubes, Infant arterial tubes, Straight arterial tubes
  • Embalming vein drainage tubes – Auxiliary drain tubes, Embalming vein drainage tubing, llac drain tubes, Jugular drain tubes
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats – Angular forceps, Curved Kelly forceps, Thumb forceps, Tube occluding forceps
  • Makeup kits – Blending brushes, Cosmetic brushes, Stippling brushes, Tinting brushes
  • Internet browser software – Web browser software
  • Office suite software – Microsoft Office software
  • Project management software – Belmar & Associates Mort ware, Custom Computer Software Funeral Director 2000, Funeral Kiosk, Schnabel’s Software Solutions Funeral Director
  • Spreadsheet software – Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software – Corel WordPerfect software, Microsoft ware

The Funeral Director needs knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs, assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. The Funeral Director needs knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. The Funeral Director needs knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resources allocation, human resources modeling, leadership techniques, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. The Funeral Director needs knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. The Funeral Director needs knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. The Funeral Director needs knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

The Funeral Director needs knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data. The Funeral Director needs knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. The Funeral Director needs knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. The Funeral Director needs knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. The Funeral Director must be aware of others’ reactions and understand why they react as they do. The Funeral Director must actively look for ways to help people. The Funeral Director talks to others to convey information effectively. The Funeral Director must give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. The Funeral Director must adjust actions in relation to others’ actions.

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