Funeral Workers prepare bodies for viewing and burial, arrange and conduct funerals, and perform other specialist funereal services.
Funeral Directors usually need an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience. Funeral Workers usually need a Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.
- interviewing families and associates of the deceased to assist with funeral arrangements such as the selection of coffin, type of service and publication of death notices
- advising on funeral costs and welfare provisions
- collecting bodies from mortuaries
- ensuring death certificates have been issued, burial and cremation certificates processed and that other legal requirements are met
- preparing bodies for viewing and burial by washing, draining body fluids, applying padding and cosmetics, dressing bodies and placing them in coffins
- liaising with clergy and cemetery and crematorium staff
- coordinating the movement of coffins and funeral cars, arranging floral displays and collecting attendance and tribute cards
- arranging the placement of coffins at funeral sites, and placing and adjusting floral displays and lighting
- keeping records and accounts of transactions and services performed
- may arrange the construction of memorials and the disposal of ashes
- Funeral Director, Mortician, or Undertaker
- Other Funeral Workers
Funeral Director, Mortician, or Undertaker
Plans and coordinates arrangements for funerals according to the wishes of the deceased or their relatives. Registration or licensing may be required.
Other Funeral Workers
Includes Embalmer, Funeral Director's Assistant. Registration or licensing may be required.