Funeral Attendants

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About the Job

Perform 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.

It is also Called

  • Apprentice Funeral Director
  • Attendant
  • Crematory Operator
  • Donations Attendant
  • Family Services Assistant (FSA)
  • Funeral Assistant
  • Funeral Attendant
  • Funeral Greeter
  • Funeral Home Assistant
  • Funeral Home Associate
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What They Do

  • 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.
  • Assist with cremations and the processing and packaging of cremated remains.
  • Offer assistance to mourners as they enter or exit limousines.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SRE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Realistic and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $27,360 with most people making between $20,420 and $37,900

Outlook

1.91%
avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 209 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be 201 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 4 openings due to growth and about -4 replacement openings for approximately 0 total annual openings.



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