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All about Being a Funeral Director, Part 2

July 29, 2008 | | Comments 0

funeral hearseHere are some more facts about funeral directors, including some of the things they must do in order to get licensed in the industry.

• Many funeral directors embalm bodies themselves. However, a large number of them hire a licensed embalmer to take care of this job for them.

• Funeral directors take care of any paperwork involving a person’s death. They submit papers that are necessary so the family can collect life insurance if there was a policy. They also take care of obtaining copies of the death certificate for the family. If the deceased was a veteran, they also take care any paperwork for family benefits.

• Funeral directors will work with people who want to plan their funeral in advance. They can do as much of the planning for you or as little of the planning that you want them to do.

• As for training and education, college programs in mortuary science are usually between two and four years long. The American Board of Funeral Service Education oversees the various mortuary science programs. Classes that are included in a mortuary science major include physiology, anatomy, restorative art, accounting and many others. Counseling and ethics are also important classes for funeral directors.

• In most states, a funeral director must complete a one-year apprenticeship after receiving their education in order to become licensed. They must also pass an exam.

Would you make a good funeral director? Could you be compassionate with grieving families and take care of everything from the obituaries to the funeral cars and everything in between? Tell us your thoughts.

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