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Roles of Funeral Directors

7/12/2013 12:48:19 PM | by Anonymous

Funeral Directors

Funeral directors are professionals who oversee all the funeral arrangements. This term is interchangeable with undertaker and mortician as some funeral directors perform the roles of these two. In large funeral homes, several morticians and undertakers are hired and a funeral director supervises their activities. The scenario may be different in private or family owned funeral homes as only one person may be responsible in handling all preparations. The funeral director will pick up the deceased, prepare the body for cremation or burial and provide assistance to remaining family members in arranging the funeral. He can also work on other related tasks such as preparing and filing of death certificate, write obituaries and do the necessary arrangement to have it published in local newspapers and send out cards to people who attended the funeral.


The role of a funeral director begins at getting possession of the body to bring to the funeral home. It is then cleansed with a germicidal soap to prevent the bacteria from spreading. The next thing to do is to free all the blood vessels from blood and body cavity from all other fluids. This is to put off the bacteria from growing at the corpse. To preserve the appearance of the body to make sure it is presentable during the entire funeral, the blood vessels are loaded with embalming substances. Dyes are also injected to provide the body with a healthy glow. In cases when the person’s cause of death resulted for the figure to distort, reconstruction of the body to somehow bring back the person’s appearance before the accident or make the corpse pleasant to look at. Aligning fractured bones, sawing torn body skins and applying make-up are some of the things that an embalmer does. Clothing and accessories such as wigs may either be provided by the loved ones or the funeral director as part of their services.


An important function of funeral directors is to provide support in all aspects of the final preparations. The arrangement usually depends on the preferences of the family as they may already have a plan for the wake. If there is no funeral plan yet, the funeral director will work with the family of the deceased discretely in order to come up with a plan according to their preferences. The funeral plan would also depend on whether the remains will undergo burial or cremation. The tasks that a funeral director has to carry out in cremation are arranging a date and ordering an urn. He can also arrange for the delivery of the ashes remain after cremation to the family for them to keep or help in purchasing storage service if the family decide to store the urn in the crematorium. Selecting of casket and cemetery are some of tasks a funeral director has to deal with in case of burial.


Funeral director also make arrangements for visitation or wake which is held a night before the funeral. It is the time when people related to the deceased gather to pay the deceased a visit. The role of the funeral director is to be prepared when his assistance is needed. At the funeral, the funeral director will supervise the digging of the grave, make sure the casket with the body has been properly transported to the grave location and supervise the sinking of the vault.

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