Funeral Attendants

Perform variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service; arranging floral offerings or lights around casket; directing or escorting mourners; closing casket; and issuing and storing funeral equipment.

Median Annual Wage: $23,080

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (55%); Associate's degree (27%); Less than high school diploma (10%)

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Funeral Attendant; Funeral Assistant; Apprentice Funeral Director; Funeral Home Assistant; Funeral Home Associate; Funeral Home Attendant; Family Services Assistant (FSA); Crematory Operator; Funeral Greeter; Funeral Service Apprentice

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Funeral Attendants.

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  • Perform a variety of tasks during funerals to assist funeral directors and to ensure that services run smoothly and as planned.
  • Transport the deceased to the funeral home.
  • Direct or escort mourners to parlors or chapels in which wakes or funerals are being held.
  • Close caskets at appropriate point in services.
  • Attend to the needs of the bereaved, such as by offering comfort, counseling, or after care programs.
  • Offer assistance to mourners as they enter or exit limousines.
  • Place caskets in parlors or chapels prior to wakes or funerals.
  • Carry flowers to hearses or limousines for transportation to places of interment.
  • Clean and drive funeral vehicles, such as cars or hearses, in funeral processions.
  • Arrange floral offerings or lights around caskets.
  • Perform various administrative tasks, such as typing documents or answering telephone calls.
  • Supervise funeral processions and assist with cemetery parking.
  • Act as pallbearers.
  • Clean funeral parlors or chapels.
  • Deliver floral arrangements or other items to family members of the deceased.
  • Issue and store funeral equipment.
  • Perform general maintenance tasks for funeral homes, such as maintaining equipment or caring for funeral grounds.
  • Provide advice to mourners on how to make charitable donations in honor of the deceased.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Funeral Attendants.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Funeral Attendants.

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