How To Become a Mortician

When many people think of the word mortician, their minds go to a dark and eerie place.  In actuality, morticians, or undertakers, provide a very necessary service.  They aid in all aspects of the physical and emotional aftermath of death. 

If you are kind, sensitive, and naturally love to help people, you may want to consider working in the mortuary sciences.  Here is how to achieve this goal.

Start in high school.  You can work part-time in a funeral home.  This will be a very helpful learning experience if you pay attention.  This is also a good time to learn whether you can handle all the aspects involved with funerals and death.  Part of your training will be to watch a body being prepared, including the embalming.  This can be the most disturbing part of the entire process.  It is also a good idea to assist at a number of funerals.  This is where the emotional aspects of the work come into play; sometimes, those experiences can be more unsettling than the physical ones.

After high school, research your state's particular requirements for becoming a mortician.  Some states will require one to obtain a license, some don't. Many states also require a Bachelor's degree, while others require only a high school diploma. One universal employment demand you will encounter in most states is completion of an internship.  These internships will generally last anywhere from one to three years.  During this time, you will be expected to gain experience in quite a few areas, including some outside of the funeral home.  Community outreach and grief counseling training are two of those experiences.  This is also the time you will learn all of the administrative aspects of the work.

The only step left after you obtain your license is finding employment.  In most regions, there is not a lot of competition in this area.  People have a tendency to shy away from this work become of the emotional stress that can accompany it, but if you are emotionally stable, then perhaps this is the career for you.  It is a very noble profession, and your kindness can make a lot of difference to a family in the throes of grief.


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