Funeral directors are caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for transportation of the deceased, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the deceased.
Funeral directors are listeners, advisors and supporters. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death. Funeral directors are trained to answer questions about grief, recognize when a person is having difficulty coping, and recommend sources of professional help. Funeral directors also link survivors with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.
The funeral director is actually an organizational specialist handling all of the funeral activities including these more visible activities.
- Removal and transferring the deceased from place of death to funeral home.
- Professional care of the deceased, which may include sanitary washing, embalming preparation, restorative art, dressing, hairdressing, casketing and cosmetology.
- Conduct a complete consultation with family members to gather necessary information and discuss specific arrangements for a funeral.
- File all certificates, permits, affidavits, and authorizations, as may be required.
- Acquire a requested amount of certified copies of the death certificate needed to settle the estate of the deceased.
- Compile an obituary and place in newspapers of the family's choice.
- Make arrangements with a family's choice of clergy person, church, music, etc.
- Make arrangements with cemetery, crematory, or other place of disposition.
- The providing of a register book, prayer cards, funeral folders, and acknowledgements, as requested by a family.
- Offer the assistance of notifying relatives and friends.
- Care and arrangement of floral pieces and the post funeral distribution as directed by the family.
- Contact pallbearers and special services (fraternal or military) as requested by a family
- Care and preservation of all floral cards, or other memorial contributions presented to the funeral home.
- The funeral director, with his staff, will direct the funeral in a most professional manner.
- Assist a family with social security, veterans insurance, and other death-related claims.
The funeral director will meet with the family after the service, to deliver such things as the register book, and floral cards, and to ascertain whether or not he can be of further assistance.