Funeral Directors

directorIt takes a special type of person to be a good funeral director. Funeral directors are sometimes referred to as a mortician or undertaker.   A good funeral director is a professional who is at the same time compassionate, knowledgeable and helpful.  They are able to communicate well and have the ability to make the survivors feel comfortable.  Additionally, they need to be able to prepare the deceased for a viewing in a manner their survivors will appreciate.  The funeral director will handle the embalming of the body, the dressing, makeup and casketing of the deceased and/or they will handle making arrangements for a cremation.

The education requirements and licensing requirements for a funeral director vary from state to state.  Most states require a funeral director to have a high school diploma or GED.  They need to have graduated with an associates degree with focus on mortuary sciences.  They need to serve as an apprentice with a licensed funeral director for from one to three years.  And they need to pass state and/or national licensing examinations.  Some states require funeral directors to complete continuing education courses in order to keep their license.

The funeral director is the person the family members of a deceased loved one will  lean on during their early stages of grief and throughout the funeral process.  The funeral director will arrange for the removal of the deceased from their place of death.  They will prepare the body in accordance with the laws of the state and the wishes of the family or loved ones.  They will arrange and direct the funeral service. The funeral director will obtain the death certificates and file them and other legal papers.  They will assist the survivors with filing for death benefits.

A good funeral director is available to help survivors even after the funeral services have been completed.

Working with a good funeral director can help make this very stressful time a little easier.