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

(Source: http://nfda.org/exploring-a-career-in-funeral-service.html.) 

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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