What do Funeral directors do?
Funeral directors have a very varied job, in fact it will probably surprise about the scope of services that a modern undertaker offers.
Funeral directors have a very varied job, in fact it will probably surprise about the scope of services that a modern undertaker offers. Unlike many other jobs, in this profession a certain sense of respect, decorum and dignity is vital in the day to the day running of the business. Most of us have to be professional in our jobs, but being an undertaker definitely has it’s own unique set of rules to adhere to.
The first task of any person is this line of work is to take away the body of the deceased if they have died at home. The funeral directors then have to take the body to the local mortuary, which is normally situated at a hospital. Depending on the circumstances of the death then either the body will be examined by a coroner or the morticians and undertakers will ‘prepare’ the body.
After this process has been completed then the planning of the ceremony can take place. This step is usually organized by the undertakers along with relatives and close friends of the deceased. In this instance the undertakers will arrange the main part of the funeral, to help the relieve the family of this part in a difficult time.
Sometimes the funeral directors may be asked to dress the body in clothing and touching up the appearance of the deceased. Once this job has been completed sometimes the body is placed in a chapel of rest - usually on the premisses of the undertakers establishment. Here, relatives and friends can come and see their loved one for the last time before burial or cremation and pay their final respects.
Once the friends and relatives of the person have been to the chapel of rest, then the body can be placed in the casket ready for either burial or cremation. This is the last aspect of the funeral directors role. Usually they will accompany the mourners and the deceased to the service. In this capacity they carry out a number of day to day tasks to make the funeral run as smoothly as possible.
Traditionally one of the undertakers walks in front of the hurst in the middle of the road, although this practice isn’t as common as it once was. Whilst the other employees of the organization drive the official funeral cars to the ceremony, and accompany the grieving relatives and guests. Furthermore they may also act as coffin bearers, to take the deceased from out of the hurst and into the crematorium or Church. If the deceased is to be buried then they will also help move the coffin into the already-dug grave.
Funeral directors have numerous different roles, which may change from client to client. However upon every job they must carry out their duties with the up most respect for the deceased. Because of this, hiring a good funeral directory can make a huge difference to the passing ceremony of the person that has sadly died.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Seth is a carer at a care home in Norfolk. He cares for the elderly and works with a lot of funeral directors in the area.