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Details for Funeral Attendants


Description

Perform variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service; arranging floral offerings or lights around casket; directing or escorting mourners; closing casket; and issuing and storing funeral equipment.

Tasks

  • Greet people at the funeral home.
  • Perform a variety of tasks during funerals to assist funeral directors and to ensure that services run smoothly and as planned.
  • Transport the deceased to the funeral home.
  • Direct or escort mourners to parlors or chapels in which wakes or funerals are being held.
  • Close caskets at appropriate point in services.
  • Attend to the needs of the bereaved, such as by offering comfort, counseling, or after care programs.
  • Offer assistance to mourners as they enter or exit limousines.
  • Place caskets in parlors or chapels prior to wakes or funerals.
  • Clean and drive funeral vehicles, such as cars or hearses, in funeral processions.
  • Carry flowers to hearses or limousines for transportation to places of interment.
  • Arrange floral offerings or lights around caskets.
  • Perform various administrative tasks, such as typing documents or answering telephone calls.
  • Supervise funeral processions and assist with cemetery parking.
  • Act as pallbearers.
  • Clean funeral parlors or chapels.
  • Deliver floral arrangements or other items to family members of the deceased.
  • Issue and store funeral equipment.
  • Perform general maintenance tasks for funeral homes, such as maintaining equipment or caring for funeral grounds.
  • Provide advice to mourners on how to make charitable donations in honor of the deceased.
  • Embalm, dress, cosmeticize, and casket the deceased.
  • Manage funeral home finances, including receiving payments, making bank deposits, or performing general bookkeeping duties.
  • Assist with cremations and the processing and packaging of cremated remains.
  • Obtain burial permits and register deaths.
  • Obtain doctors' signatures on death certificate and complete other paperwork, such as insurance claims forms.
  • Meet with family members to plan the funeral.
  • Prepare obituaries for newspapers.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
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Education, training, experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

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