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6346 - Funeral Directors And Embalmers

Funeral directors co-ordinate and arrange all aspects of funeral services. Embalmers prepare the remains of deceased persons for public visitation and burial. Funeral directors and embalmers are employed by funeral homes.

  • Illustrative example(s)
    • apprentice embalmer
    • embalmer
    • funeral director
    • mortician
  • All examples
  • apprentice embalmer
  • assistant funeral director
  • director, funeral
  • embalmer
  • embalmer apprentice
  • funeral director
  • funeral director, assistant
  • funeral home director
  • funeral services director
  • mortician
  • undertaker
  • undertaker assistant
  • Exclusion(s)
    • Bereavement counsellors (See 4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors)
    • Funeral home attendants (See 6742 Other service support occupations, n.e.c.)
    • Funeral service general managers (See 0015 Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.)
  • Main duties

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 prearranged 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.

Embalmers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Preserve, sanitize and prepare human remains for funeral services
  • Perform cosmetic and restorative work on human remains
  • Supervise funeral home attendants and other funeral home staff.
  • Employment requirements
    • Completion of a one- to two-year college program and a twelve- to twenty-month practical apprenticeship program during or following the educational program is usually required for funeral directors.
    • Completion of a two- to three-year college program and a twelve- to twenty-month practical apprenticeship program during or following the educational program
      or
      Completion of a three-year college program is required for embalmers.
    • Funeral directors require licensure in most provinces and territories.
    • Funeral directors may be required to be licensed embalmers depending on provincial requirements.
    • Embalmers require licensure in all provinces.

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