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Funeral Attendant Job Description

Summary

Responsible for arranging funeral preparations and burials. Confers with family and ensures decedent's final wishes are fulfilled.

Primary responsibilities

  • Arrange for body to be moved to funeral home.
  • Ensure information for birth certificate is correct.
  • Prepare notice for obituary.
  • Meet with family of deceased to discuss funeral service details and preparation.
  • Help family select casket.
  • Comfort grieving family members.
  • Discuss financing options.
  • Discuss prices and plans.
  • Help family set date and time for viewing and burial.
  • Arrange for clergy member to conduct religious services.
  • Choose pallbearers and arrange to have them at the funeral.
  • Contact cemetery officials and arrange burial plans.
  • Ensure burial plot is dug up and ready for casket.
  • Ensure religious and ethnic customs of the decedent are fulfilled or respected.
  • Prepare body for burial with embalming fluid or cremate body.
  • Arrange casket in viewing parlor or set up urn with ashes for viewing.
  • Set up photos or other memories of the decedent.
  • Greet family as they enter the parlor.
  • Arrange for transportation to and from the cemetery.
  • Lead funeral procession.
  • Ensure cars have identifying flags or markings during funeral procession.
  • Oversee preparation and shipment of body if burial is in another location.
  • Direct funeral service.

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