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Funeral Industry Positions
These are the roles that may exist in the funeral industry, keep checking.
- Funeral Arranger & Conductor
- Funeral Director’s Assistant
- Mortuary Assistant
Funeral Industry Training also helps trainees obtain a position when they are available with Funeral Companies.
What does someone in these roles do?
Funeral Arranger & Conductor
Funeral arranger and conductor may perform the following tasks:
- Coordinate and supervise funeral workers including embalmers, drivers, receptionists or clerical assistants
- Interview relatives to discuss style of funeral, coffin/casket, cars, flowers and costs
- Make arrangements for interment/cremation or repatriation after checking that all proper documentation has been completed
- Conduct the funeral
- Arrange the disposal of cremated ashes
- Generally assist and support family through ceremonies and other aspects of the funeral process
- Arrange newspaper notices (and in some cases radio announcements) notifying the death and detailing the funeral arrangements.
Funeral Director’s Assistant ( FDA)
Funeral attendants assist in preparation for funerals, the transportation and placement of coffins, conducting funeral ceremonies and the maintenance of funeral premises. Funeral attendants are often required to work after hours and on weekends.
Funeral attendants may perform the following tasks:
- Collect the body from the hospital, morgue or place of death and drive passenger vehicles, mortuary vans and hearses
- Assist in preparing the body and placing it in the coffin
- Escort mourners to funeral chapels
- Arrange burial equipment such as mats and lowering straps
- Arrange floral tributes and distribute and collect attendance and tribute cards
- Clean parlours, chapels and hearses
- Assist as coffin or casket bearers.
Embalmers work in mortuaries to preserve and prepare bodies for viewing, burial or cremation.
- They use a range of chemicals and substances to clean the body and preserve the tissue.
- They can reconstruct or reshape damaged and disfigured bodies using materials such as cotton wool, clay and wax.
- Embalmers dress bodies, apply make-up, and put the bodies in the casket.
Mortuary assistants work in funeral homes and support the work of embalmers and funeral directors.
- They maintain equipment, handle & store chemicals & other hazardous equipment ensuring appropriate sterilisation is followed.
- They may work with an embalmer or work independently in preparing bodies for viewings and funerals, including cleaning bodies, cosmetic work, and placing in coffins.
Funeral Industry Training
What training do you need?
Employees in the funeral industry need a mature and responsible attitude, given the sensitive situations they deal with. They are generally working with clients who are emotionally vulnerable, so they need excellent communication skills and an understanding of how people deal with grief. Physical strength to lift coffins, a good driving record and a well groomed appearance are also prerequisites. It is not essential to have formal qualifications in order to work within the industry, however formal training can help build your skills and your career options. There are a number of nationally recognised qualifications available within the industry: