Ever since Dracula was seen in the movies rising from his coffin, it became instantly synonymous with the chilling fear of the dead rising. From this alone, who would want to work with things that involve caskets, coffins, funeral flowers, tombstones, sad music, black suits, memorials, and shrill crying? But a career in a funeral home would mean a salary to keep you and your family content, and the ability to do a real service to families in sad times.
Here are some of the careers in the funeral home industry you may want to consider:
- Funeral director or manager. This professional works on the deceased's funeral planning. Some of the the tasks include moving the remains to the mortuary, performing necessary ceremonies to honor the dead, preparing the deceased's remains, grooming the body in a funeral parlor, and a lot more. He may do all this, but most of the time, he directs who will do what. The annual salary of a funeral director varies. But the average is about $49,000 while the lowest recorded salary is about $28,000 and the biggest is up to $91,000. Highly competitive salary, isn't it? But before you become a funeral director, you need first to follow certain requirements. You should be at least 21 years old, have at least two years formal education, have served at least a year as an apprentice, and have passed your state's examination for funeral directors.
- Assistant funeral manager. This professional is responsible for assisting the funeral manager and attending to all the activities of funeral services.
- Embalmer. This could be the toughest job, and everyone knows what this professional involves. But before you can be an embalmer, you need to be a certified professional first, since you will be handling a dead body with the potential to spread infection. Certain health regulations and proper practices must be learned before you can be ready to be an embalmer.
- Operations manager. His job is similar to that of the funeral director, though not as promising. The operations manager should know the hands-on operations of managing the different services offered by the funeral home.
- Embalmer director. He is the senior embalmer and directs the tasks that each embalmer should do. This professional is expected to have done years of service as an embalmer.
There are still other persons necessary for a successful burial of the deceased. For instance, the person making the funeral flowers is important. However, this person does not need to be a part of the funeral home to arrange funeral flowers. Being a general florist is already fine.
Meanwhile, bigger funeral businesses may require more people like those who can operate software. Most of these businesses do not just offer funeral home services but even create caskets. Designs for these caskets are usually done through a computer-operated machine with the help of software.
Anyone, rich or poor, or anywhere, west or east, has needed, needs, and will need the services of a funeral home. By providing the best services, you can certainly help create the deceased's peaceful memorial and the grieving family's relief.