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Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors
District Of Columbia

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Perform various tasks to arrange and direct funeral services, such as coordinating transportation of body to mortuary, interviewing family or other authorized person to arrange details, selecting pallbearers, aiding with the selection of officials for religious rites, and providing transportation for mourners.

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Currently Employed: 40

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: Not Available

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Obtain information needed to complete legal documents, such as death certificates or burial permits.
  • Oversee the preparation and care of the remains of people who have died.
  • Consult with families or friends of the deceased to arrange funeral details, such as obituary notice wording, casket selection, or plans for services.
  • Plan, schedule, or coordinate funerals, burials, or cremations, arranging details such as floral delivery or the time and place of services.
  • Perform embalming duties as necessary.
  • Arrange for clergy members to perform needed services.
  • Contact cemeteries to schedule the opening and closing of graves.
  • Close caskets and lead funeral corteges to churches or burial sites.
  • Provide information on funeral service options, products, or merchandise and maintain a casket display area.
  • Offer counsel and comfort to bereaved families or friends.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Embalming injecting tubes
  • Embalming vein drainage tubes
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats
  • Makeup kits
  • Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Office suite software
  • Project management software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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