What Does a Funeral Director Do?May 1, 2023
One of the most mysterious jobs in our communities may be that of a funeral director. You may wonder, “What exactly does a funeral director do?” Every funeral director’s responsibilities center around helping families honor their loved ones when they pass from this life. However, each funeral director’s services list is unique and individual. In this blog we would like to share some of the common services performed by funeral directors.
Funeral Directors are Good Listeners
Yes, funeral home directors take care of the deceased, but they spend considerably more time with the living. Every family they meet has stories to share. And it is the joy of funeral home directors to help people honor their loved ones in the most memorable way possible.
Funeral Directors are Grief Counselors
A good funeral director knows how to comfort and encourage families who grieve. Counseling those dealing with loss takes patience and requires wisdom. Therefore, these are important character qualities for a funeral director. And the many meetings with varied families, faiths, and traditions better equip them to help families they will meet in the future.
Every family and every death situation are unique. Some people meet to celebrate a life well-lived. Others collide like ocean breakers when trying to choose funeral details. Sometimes a funeral director welcomes a family who is stumbling around in a fog of grief, stunned by tragedy and at a loss as to how to say good-bye. The family’s comfort and support are of supreme importance.
Funeral Directors Help with After-Death and Funeral Arrangements
Funeral directors excel at maneuvering the trappings that accompany death. They want to help people navigate the details, known and unknown, that need to be taken care of in a timely manner when someone dies.
In a respectful and professional manner, funeral directors help families know what to do, when to do it, how to make choices from many available options, who to contact, and how to find ideas to help them honor their loved one in a meaningful and personal way.
Here are few common practices of a funeral director:
- arranging transportation of the body to the funeral home
- securing a burial permit
- delegating tasks to trusted assistants
- arranging payment processes
- notifying newspapers of obituary postings
- dealing with death certificates
- preparing the body of the deceased
- arranging burials and cremations
- providing valuable contacts, such as florists, for families
- facilitating music for services
- making arrangements with clergy members
- helping to create a video slide presentation
- compiling a keepsake-worthy funeral folder
- comforting grieving family and friends
- creating a warm, comforting atmosphere in the funeral home
- overseeing wakes, visitations, funerals, and burials
As you can see, a funeral director wears many hats The list above cover only a fraction of what most funeral directors do. Most funeral directors look at their job as a sacred vocation, committed to helping grieving families, with the best of their abilities, during times of loss.
Funeral Directors Face Unique Challenges
One of the biggest challenges for a funeral director is an unpredictable schedule. They understand that unpredictability comes with the job; yet, it can be hard on directors and their families to not be able to plan ahead and occasionally miss special family events.
Funeral directors can also struggle under the weight of so much sorrow. They genuinely care about their clients, so it can be wearing to see death and grief almost constantly. However, their job is also very rewarding, because they get a front seat view of the legacies of lives well lived.
Funeral directors appreciate families who are gracious in their grief. Sometimes funeral directors meet with angry, disagreeable clients. They patiently prepare to face the unexpected. Funeral directors are ready to meet families wherever they are in their grief. And, they desire to graciously help them move through and forward to a hopeful future.
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