A funeral director’s main task is to make arrangements for the burial or cremation of the deceased and for the particular rituals that are held before the burial.
The essential duties of a funeral director can be categorised into four broad heads, which are transporting the dead body, readying it for the funeral service, making preparations for friends and relatives to assemble and pay their last respects to the departed and finally the actual cremation or burial of the body as per the choice or tradition of the family.
These responsibilities involve focusing on activities like deciding the venue and timings of the funeral ceremonies, arranging for a hearse to transport the body, and writing obituaries and placing them in newspapers or the electronic media. Moreover, the funeral directors also have to make sure that the flowers and decorations are in place. Besides this, they have to make the body ready for the service by washing and embalming it and arrange transportation for the relatives gathering for the service.
A funeral director has a lot of responsibilities other than the above mentioned ones, including doing the essential paperwork formalities as required. He assists the relatives in procuring a death certificate. He also acts as a facilitator for settling insurance claims for the family as well as helping them take advantage of schemes like veteran’s burial support. He also takes care of issues related to clearance of pension and annuities of the deceased person to the lawful beneficiary and helps the family to come up with a budget for the ceremony.
Moreover, a funeral director has to liaise with a wide range of people so that he can perform his tasks in a proper way. He has to interact with not only the coffin makers and florists but also priests and doctors.
Finally, the funeral directors must be considerate too and must attempt to provide some comfort to the grieving family and try to help them out of their grief over the demise of a loved one. Though a few funeral directors ignore this task, it is a critical aspect in a profession like this.