Funeral Director

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

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.

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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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