What do Funeral Attendants Do?
Funeral attendants perform a wide variety of tasks to ensure that people’s deceased loved ones are given a proper burial. These tasks include helping customers pick out caskets and funeral service packages, making flower arrangement, and preparing the body for the service and burial.
Funeral Attendants Skills and Abilities
Funeral attendants need to empathetic, yet professional. Most of the clients who come in are highly emotional. You can’t be emotional with them because you need to show stability, but you need to show some empathy to their situation. You need to listen well while also being socially aware of their needs. You can’t offer the same basic services to everyone who comes in. Different people want different things, and you need to be able to make an educated guess about what they would want.
Funeral Attendants Duties
You will have many duties as a funeral attendant. You need to greet people at the funeral home. People will be working with you in a fragile state, and your face should be one of the first that they see. You need to attend to people’s needs. You will first find out where the body currently is and arrange transportation to the funeral home. You need to get to know your client and the deceased. If the deceased had their funeral arrangements in a will, you need to ask to see it so you can make sure everything is done properly. You have to help your clients pick out a casket, a funeral service and flowers for the funeral. You will act as one of the pallbearers at the funeral unless the client has enough and doesn’t want you to. You need to get the deceased ready for the funeral. If he or she is being cremated, you need to perform the cremation. If not, you need to embalm, dress, and put makeup on the body to get him or her ready for the burial.
Funeral Attendants Tools and Technology
As a funeral attendant, you need to use different tools to do everything you need to do for your funeral. You will need a hearse to transport the body from the hospital to the funeral home and then to the burial ground. You need autopsy tables and accessories in order to get the body ready for the burial. You also need an embalming machine so you can embalm the body properly. You need a machine to lower the casket into the ground. If people want their loved ones buried in a mausoleum, you will need a mausoleum lift to open it.To run your business, you will need a laptop or a desktop computer with bookkeeping software. You should also have software or a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet where you can add your clients and some important information about them. This way if anyone returns for more services, you won’t have to go through getting to know them all over again.
Education and Training Funeral Attendants
To be a funeral attendant, you only need a high school diploma or GED. However, depending on the funeral home, you might be able to get in without one. Only 8% of funeral attendants didn’t graduate from high school, so it’s not very common. Most of the funeral attendants in the United States only have a high school diploma. This accounts for 30% of the profession. Another 24% have attended college, but never received a degree.
Funeral Attendants Salary
The average salary of a funeral attendant in the United States is $11.10 per hour and $23,000 per year. Of course, that fluctuates depending on whether you are working as an attendant for a funeral home or if you have decided to start your own.
Funeral Attendants Jobs by Geography
There are 32,400 funeral attendants in the United States. It is projected that there will be 740 new job openings per year through the year 2022. Florida has the most funeral attendants with almost 2,800 and Ohio has almost as many with 2,600.