The Crucial Role of a Funeral Director in the Funeral Process

By: Myles O'Riordan
Friday, October 23, 2015

For most, planning a funeral is new territory. It’s not something that many people have experienced. This is why having a funeral director at your side during the planning process is so valuable.

Their expertise in the funeral industry will guide you through the process and make sure that the funeral plays out exactly how you and your loved one wished.

Taking Care of Logistics

When a person dies, there are many forms and processes that need to happen before the funeral. A funeral director will handle everything, from providing transportation for the body as well as preparing and dressing the deceased, the funeral director will make sure everything goes smoothly.

Taking care of placing notices in the newspapers is another thing funeral directors will do. They will also obtain the certificate of death, cause of death and other forms required from the hospital if required, as well as organizing schedules with churches and crematoriums if necessary.

Funeral Planning

A funeral director has many contacts in the community and industry and can be extremely helpful in finding the right services for the funeral. The director will also contact clergy or other religious figures to officiate the service.

While you are dealing with your grief, the last thing you should worry about is planning the funeral. The funeral director takes away some of this responsibility and allows you to take time to be with your family and friends in your time of loss.

The Importance of Empathy

Most funeral directors get into this business because they have a high level of empathy. When dealing with grieving families, the funeral director has the unique position to offer comfort and solutions that will make the funeral process easier and less painful.

Being able to offer counseling and a shoulder to cry on, the funeral director treats each funeral differently, since each person and each family handles death differently.

The funeral director can give you other options for grief counseling and help you come to terms with your loved ones passing.

Service Until the End

While the main purpose of a funeral director is to provide services, and many families end up seeing the funeral director as a friend, even though there are times we did not know the deceased or the family beforehand, 

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