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Overview

Funeral Directors plan and coordinate arrangements for funerals according to the wishes of the deceased or their relatives.

Day-to-day

  • interviews families and associates of deceased to assist with funeral arrangements such as selection of coffin, type of service and publication of death notices
  • advise on funeral costs and welfare provisions
  • collects bodies from mortuaries
  • ensures death certificates have been issued, burial and cremation certificates processed and that other legal requirements are met
  • prepares bodies for viewing and burial by washing, draining body fluids, applying padding and cosmetics, dressing bodies and placing them in coffins
  • liaise with clergy, cemetery and crematorium staff
  • co-ordinates movement of coffins and funeral cars, arranges floral displays and collects attendance and tribute cards
  • arranges placement of coffins at funeral sites, and placing and adjusting of floral displays and lighting
  • keeps records and accounts of transactions and services performed
  • may arrange construction of memorials and the disposal of ashes.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

To become a Funeral Director

  • You usually need experience in the funeral industry to work as a Funeral Director. While formal qualifications aren't essential, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in funeral services may be useful.

    Find a Certificate in Funeral Services or Operations

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