Funeral directors are also known as morticians. They manage and conduct funerals either in homes or on-site. They are responsible for managing on-site parlours and crematories. Included in their responsibilities are:
- Getting diseased into the parlour
- Cleaning and preparing the remains
- Submitting paperwork
- Clearing legal documents
- Liaising with the family of the diseased
- Planning funerals
Logistics is one of the main concerns of the job. They need to arrange a hearse to pick up the body of the deceased. They are also in charge of cleaning the remains, ensuring that it looks presentable. This may or may not include embalming. If the deceased is to be cremated, it’s their job to ensure it gets done.
In some cases, funeral directors will be asked to pick out a casket. Some will function as both planner and decorator at the memorial service. They will also take care of the paperwork associated with death.
The job requires them to be in constant communication with the family. They need to be sensitive enough to understand the mourning of the relatives. However, they should also be firm enough to ask the important questions. A professional mortician will know how to strike a balance between the two.
Families of the deceased often make decisions regarding the memorial services. Morticians assist these relatives to make arrangements regarding the event.
Helping people plan ahead
More and more people nowadays are planning their own funerals. This is no surprise, as a growing number of people want to be prepared for the future. It’s a mortician’s job to educate people on their options upon death. If the person does decide to plan ahead, it’s up to the mortician to carry out the necessary arrangements according to the deceased’s preferences.
This type of job isn’t always easy. Funeral directors have an emotionally and physically challenging job. They have to have the sensitivity to respect the loss of mourning families whilst still doing their responsibilities.