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.
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.
enjoy helping people
neat personal appearance
tactful and sympathetic
good communication skills
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
good driving record
good organisational skills.