Becoming a Funeral Worker (other)
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Becoming a Funeral Worker (other)

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Also known as Chapel or Memorial Attendant, Embalmer, Funeral Director's Assistant.
This occupation group covers Funeral Workers not elsewhere classified. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 2 years
Average pay $45,283
Employment prospects Poor
Employment size 700

What does a Funeral Worker (other) do?

  • 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