What does a Funeral Service Worker do?
Funeral service workers manage and organize the details of a funeral. They work with the families to determine the dates,location, and times of visitations, memorial services, cremations, or funerals. They attend to the administrative aspects pertaining to the person’s death, such as submitting proper papers to state officials to receive a death certificate. They are employed in funeral homes and crematories and are often on call working long days, evenings, and weekends.
How to Become a Funeral Service Worker
Funeral service workers typically require an associate’s degree in mortuary science or funeral service. Some employers prefer candidates to hold a bachelor’s degree. Courses would include grief counseling, business law, ethics, and funeral services. All accredited programs would also have classes in restorative techniques and embalming.
Employers look for applicants who are at least 21 years of age, serve a 1-year internship before, during, or after attending mortuary college; and pass a state licensing exam after graduation. Each state has it’s own licensing requirements and they may vary. High school students aspiring to this occupation should take classes in chemistry, biology, and business, as well as public speaking.
Job Description of a Funeral Service Worker
The duties of a funeral service worker is to offer comfort and counsel to the families and friends of the deceased and arrange for the removal of the body. They prepare the remains and determine the location, dates, and time of the visitation, funeral, memorial service, burial, or cremation. They assist families with decisions on whether one is to cremated, entombed or buried according to their religion and culture.
He or she would file the death certificate and other administrative aspects pertaining to the person’s death, such as insurance claims. A funeral service worker would also provide information on support groups to those in need of further assistance.