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Funeral Directors provide an important service for our society. Also called morticians and undertakers, they handle both the practical details of death, and the emotional needs of a family. They help make a difficult time easier, from arranging for the removal of remains from a home or hospital, to helping a family decide what kind of service to have, writing obituary notices, working with clergy, notifying government agencies, and arranging burial or cremation. Some Funeral Directors specialize in particular cultural and religious customs and practices, but others must be familiar with the diversity of the population they serve. Sensitivity and tact are essential. So are cleanliness, and formal dress and appearance. In every state except Colorado, Funeral Directors must be licensed by their state. Two or four year degrees in mortuary science, apprenticeship and examinations are common requirements. Most funeral directors are also trained and licensed as embalmers, meaning they have learned how to prepare a body for burial or cremation. This process can include washing the body, replacing the blood with preservative, and using cosmetic arts to restore the ravages of accident or illness. Infection from contagious diseases is not likely if health regulations are followed. While a mortuary science graduate might have to relocate to find a position, two factors indicate a good outlook for employment: the aging American population means an increase in deaths…and more funeral directors are over 55 compared to other occupations and will be retiring in the years ahead.


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