Written on Sep 18, 2010 | by Ashley Johnson
Strong emotions threaten to overwhelm an individual who suffers from the demise of a loved one. The time is not conducive for making decisions. Still, the bereaved must face practical issues pertaining to their loved one’s demise. The funeral service arrangement is one of the most important matters to look into. During this moment of mourning, it may be better for the bereaved to engage the services of a funeral director.
The main task of a funeral director is to supervise everything from the ceremonial rituals of the funeral to the final handling of the deceased’s corpse.
The important responsibilities of a funeral director include shifting the body to a mortuary, preparing the body for the funeral ceremony, making arrangements for the ceremonies where people will remember and pay their last respects to the deceased, and performing the final procedures on the corpse.
These duties encompass different types of jobs, which include arrangement of hearse for transporting the deceased, deciding the place and time for the funeral ceremony and also publishing obituaries in the electronic media as well as the newspapers. Moreover, funeral directors also look after things like flowers and bouquet arrangements for each ceremony, embalming and clothing the body, arrangement for shifting of the family and relatives from one service to another etc.
Other than these jobs, a funeral director also takes care of the necessary paperwork that forms a part of the formalities that follow a person’s death. He helps the family secure a death certificate. He also makes preparations to settle any insurance claims, and helps the family in applying for veterans’ burial benefits. He also helps in transferring annuity and pension money, if any, of the deceased person to the beneficiaries of the deceased and helps the family in assessing the costs of the entire funeral service.
In addition, a funeral director has to liaise with a wide range of people so that he can do his jobs in a proper way. He has to deal with not only the casket makers and flower sellers but also priests and doctors.
Finally, the funeral directors should be considerate too and should attempt to provide some solace to the mourning family and try to help them out of their sorrows over the demise of a loved one. Some funeral directors ignore this task, but it is an essential part of their service no doubt.
Death is a sensitive time. After all, funerals present the family with a need to transition into moving on with life. Get the best casket for your loved one’s burial. This article, The Duties Covered By A Funeral Service Director is released under a creative commons attribution licence.