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Funeral Attendants

Perform a variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service, arranging floral offerings or lights around casket, directing or escorting mourners, closing casket, and issuing and storing funeral equipment.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Embalm, dress, cosmeticize, and casket the deceased.
    • Greet people at the funeral home.
    • Perform a variety of tasks during funerals to assist funeral directors and to ensure that services run smoothly and as planned.
    • Transport the deceased to the funeral home.
    • Manage funeral home finances, including receiving payments, making bank deposits, or performing general bookkeeping duties.
    • Direct or escort mourners to parlors or chapels in which wakes or funerals are being held.
    • Close caskets at appropriate point in services.
    • Attend to the needs of the bereaved, such as by offering comfort, counseling, or after-care programs.
    • Offer assistance to mourners as they enter or exit limousines.
    • Obtain burial permits and register deaths.
    • Obtain doctors' signatures on death certificate and complete other paperwork, such as insurance claims forms.
    • Place caskets in parlors or chapels prior to wakes or funerals.
    • Clean and drive funeral vehicles, such as cars or hearses, in funeral processions.
    • Carry flowers to hearses or limousines for transportation to places of interment.
    • Meet with family members to plan the funeral.
    • Perform various administrative tasks, such as typing documents or answering telephone calls.
    • Arrange floral offerings or lights around caskets.
    • Supervise funeral processions and assist with cemetery parking.
    • Act as pallbearers.
    • Clean funeral parlors or chapels.
    • Deliver floral arrangements or other items to family members of the deceased.
    • Prepare obituaries for newspapers.
    • Issue and store funeral equipment.
    • Perform general maintenance tasks for funeral homes, such as maintaining equipment or caring for funeral grounds.
    • Provide advice to mourners on how to make charitable donations in honor of the deceased.

    Skills

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 29140/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 14.01/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,540
    • Yearly Projected Openings 410

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    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail

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