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Funeral Attendant

Funeral attendants assist with the handling of people who have died, the preparation for funerals, the transportation of the deceased, placement of coffins, assisting at the funeral ceremony and the maintenance of funeral premises.

Duties & Tasks
Funeral attendants may perform the following tasks:
  • collect the body from the hospital, morgue or place of death
  • assist with preparing the body and placing it in the coffin
  • escort mourners to funeral chapels
  • arrange burial equipment such as mats and lowering straps
  • distribute and collect attendance and tribute cards
  • drive passenger vehicles, mortuary vans and hearses
  • clean funeral homes, chapels and hearses
  • arrange floral tributes
  • assist as coffin or casket bearers.
  • Working conditions
    The work of funeral attendants may be demanding and sometimes stressful. They are often required to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, and are often required to be on call to meet their clients' needs. In small companies, one person may perform a variety of tasks, which requires a broad range of skills and a flexible attitude.
    Personal requirements
  • enjoy helping people
  • neat personal appearance
  • tactful and sympathetic
  • good communication skills
  • emotional maturity
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • good driving record
  • good organisational skills.
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