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:
1. Removal and transferring the deceased from place of death to the Funeral Home.
2. Professional care of the deceased, which may include sanitary washing, embalming preparation, restorative art, dressing, hairdressing, casketing and cosmetology.
3. Detailed consultation with family members to gather necessary information and to discuss specific arrangements for the funeral service.
4. File all certificates, permits, affidavits, and authorizations, as may be required.
5. Acquire a requested amount of certified copies of the death certificate. These are needed to settle the estate of the deceased.
6. Compile information and create an obituary for placement for the family.
7. Make arrangements with a family’s choice of clergy person, church, music, etc.
8. Make arrangements with cemetery, crematory, or other place of disposition.
9. Providing of the register book, prayer cards, funeral folders, and acknowledgements, as requested by the family.
10. Assisting with the notifying relatives and friends.
11. Arranging for clergy honorariums, music, flowers, death certificates, additional transportation, etc.
12. Care of floral pieces and the post funeral distribution as directed by the family.
13. Arranging for pallbearers, automobiles, and special services (fraternal or military) as requested by the family.
14. Care and preservation of all floral cards, mass cards, or other memorial contributions presented to the funeral home.
15. 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.
16. Assist the family with social security, veterans insurance, grief counseling, and other death-related claims.
17. 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.