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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help bereaved families with the arrangements for funerals. You’d give people advice and support at a distressing time.
You’d talk with the family of the deceased person, make the funeral arrangements and help them complete the legal requirements for the burial or cremation. You’d need to be able to deal sensitively with people who are distressed.
You’d arrange for the body of the deceased to be kept at your funeral home or another location – the place of rest – before the funeral.
- Take details from relatives or friends of the deceased
- Transfer the body to the place of rest before the funeral
- Give advice and arrange details of the funeral
- Arrange the date and time of the funeral with the church, cemetery or crematorium
- Organise flowers, transport and death notices in the newspapers
- Advise on legal requirements and help people complete the paperwork
- Prepare the body for burial or cremation
- Arrange for friends and relatives to visit the place of rest
- Receive floral tributes and donations to charity
- Advise on types of memorials, such as headstones
You would travel in the hearse to the funeral and make sure that everything runs smoothly during the ceremony.
You may also give people advice about coroners' procedures if necessary.
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- Time management
- Developing a plan
- Attention to detail
- Verbal communication
- Written communication
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