When it comes to funeral home jobs, there are several different positions that need to be filled in order for the establishment to run properly.
There is a need for basic office jobs involving secretarial work, such as answering phones, sorting through paperwork, filing insurance claims, and different tasks of the sort. These individuals are responsible for handling relations with clients, filling out paperwork, and keeping it all organized and stored in a safe spot.
Funeral Help & Removal Technicians
Another job available in most funeral homes is funeral help. Responsibilities for this job include coming in during funeral services and assisting staff in ensuring the proper amount of ushers are present and there are enough people to greet incoming friends and family. A lot of times, those individuals will also help with removals. Anytime a funeral home receives a first call from a family needing their deceased loved one to be taken into their care, the removal techs will travel to the place of death and take the body back to the funeral home for any kind of preparation work that needs to be completed.
One of the most well-known funeral home jobs is the position of an embalmer. In order to become an embalmer, an individual would have to attend and graduate from an accredited mortuary college, then score a passing grade on the National Board Examination and the Texas Mortuary Law Examination. Once those steps are finished, a provisional license will be issued for a consecutive 24 months, in which, under direct supervision from an approved funeral director or embalmer, the individual will need to perform 45 cases of embalming.
Embalming is the process of preserving a body. This includes washing and disinfecting the deceased, then prepping the body for viewing or visitation, where the family members and friends will come to pay their last respects.
A lot of times, the embalmers in a funeral home are also the funeral directors; however, both are officially recognized as different positions by the state of Texas. Each job requires its own specific training and licensing. A funeral director’s sole purpose is to make sure the funeral service is coordinated and mapped out the exact way the family has specified they want for their loved one. This allows them to better remember and honor them in a way the family will be able to receive closure. The funeral director will be responsible for the coordination of everything, including the casket, flower arrangements, chairs, and any other aspects of the service.