Funeral directors and embalmers (NOC 6346)

About this job

Funeral directors:

  • coordinate and arrange all aspects of funeral services.

Embalmers:

  • prepare the remains of deceased persons for public visitation and burial

Funeral directors and embalmers:

  • work for funeral homes
Common job titles
  • embalmer
  • mortician
  • undertaker

Duties

Funeral directors:

  • talk to the family of the deceased about the nature of the funeral service, disposing of the remains and funeral costs
  • transfer or arrange transfer of the remains from the place of death to the funeral home
  • tell survivors about benefits they may be eligible for
  • issue death notices to newspapers
  • oversee the preparation of the remains
  • plan and schedule funeral services,
  • coordinate burials and cremations and complete legal documents
  • discuss and negotiate prearranged funerals with clients
  • manage funeral home operations including hiring and directing staff, maintaining financial records, preparing accounts and ordering merchandise
  • supervise embalmers, funeral home attendants and other funeral home staff
  • may perform same duties as embalmers

Embalmers:

  • preserve, sanitize and prepare human remains for funeral services
  • do cosmetic and restorative work on human remains
  • supervise funeral home attendants and other funeral home staff

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional indoor setting.
  • Workers may be exposed to bacteria that could cause illness.
  • The workplace may contain strong odours.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

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