Funeral Directors 


Funeral directors consult with the family of the deceased regarding arrangements/costs of the funeral service and co-ordinate all aspects of the funeral.


Work: Funeral directors perform some or all of the following duties: , Consult with the family of the deceased regarding the nature of the funeral service, the disposition of the remains and funeral costs; Transfer, or arrange for the transfer of, the remains from the place of death to the funeral home; Inform survivors of benefits for which they may be eligible; Issue death notices to newspapers; Oversee the preparation of the remains, plan and schedule funeral services, co-ordinate burials and cremations and complete legal documents; Discuss and negotiate pre-arranged 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.

Title Examples: Apprentice Embalmer, Assistant Funeral Director, Embalmer, Funeral Director, Mortician

Useful Secondary School subjects: English, Business, Math, Sciences

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor

Requirements: To be a funeral director, you must usually complete high school, take a year of training with a licensed funeral director, and pass a qualifying exam. You must have a licence in most provinces/territories. You may also need to be licensed as an embalmer depending on provincial/territorial requirements. , Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate or community college .

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