What to Know About Funeral Directors and Their Role

Planning a funeral service can be a challenging task.

For many families, especially for those planning services for the first time, the process seems daunting. Fortunately, the funeral director is here to help.

The funeral director’s main job is to coordinate each step and help create the service that you and your family envision.

You may have a basic understanding of what the funeral director does, but because of their unique occupation, there may be some misconceptions or confusion. Here are just a few things your funeral director would like you to know about them and what they do:

Funeral directors coordinate all the details

A big part of the funeral director’s role is completing all the required documents to obtain a death certificate. They will also make the arrangements for the service itself, secure a proper burial plot and notify people of plans for the service. They may write the obituary as well. The director sees to all these tasks with you, or by themselves.

They are highly-educated and creative

Special training and education are necessary to become a licensed funeral director. After attending college, potential directors must complete an approved mortuary science program. After that, they have to complete a one to three-year apprenticeship and pass a state license exam. Funeral directors also need to be creative in how they plan customized services for the deceased and their families. This means they often take special requests for certain details or ceremonies. They also assist in planning themes or finding special decorations.

It is their true calling

Many funeral directors are second, third or even fourth generation in their profession. They feel the need to carry on their family’s tradition of helping others in their time of grief. Many directors find inspiration in events they witnessed growing up or during their studies which reinforced a belief in their calling to be a funeral director.

For any questions or more information on the role of the funeral director or how they will be able to assist you in your time of need, visit our website or call 815-433-0313.

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2405 Champlain St

Ottawa, IL 61350