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Funeral Home Director

Job Summary

Responsible for overseeing all activities in a funeral home, including arranging for viewing and burial services, transporting bodies, and conferring with family members to ensure final wishes are respected.

Primary responsibilities

  • Manage preparations and plans in a funeral home.
  • Arrange for burial or funeral services for the deceased.
  • Hire and train embalmers, funeral attendants, and other employees in the funeral home.
  • Handle accounts and collections.
  • 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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