Funeral Service

What is a Funeral Director?

A funeral director is a licensed professional who specializes in all aspects of funeral service. Their responsibilities may include:

  • Providing support to the bereaved during initial stages of their grief
  • Arranging and directing funeral ceremonies
  • Arranging for removal of the deceased from the place of death
  • Preparing the body according to the wishes of the survivors and requirements of the law
  • Securing information for legal documents
  • Filing death certificates and other legal papers
  • Assisting survivors with details for filing claims for death benefits
  • Helping individuals adapt to changes in their lives following a death through post-death counseling and support group activities

Education Requirements
Education requirements vary by state. Following are the basic educational requirements for most states:

  • Earning a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Earning an Associate Degree, or its credit hour equivalent, a portion of which is in funeral service education
  • Completing an internship or apprenticeship ranging from one to three years
  • Passing a state and/or national board licensing examination
  • Many states require that funeral directors meet continuing education requirements to maintain licensure


Licensing Requirements
Licensing requirements vary by state. Some states also require funeral directors to meet continuing education requirements to maintain licensure.

Salary & Job Outlook
For current salary statistics, refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics‘ page on funeral service occupations. It also includes information on work environment, job outlook, and other statistics.
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