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Funeral Director's Role


A funeral director plays a key role in arranging a funeral and ensuring everything goes according to plan on the day of the funeral. Here is a brief guide to the role of a funeral director, so you know what services and support to expect once you have chosen your funeral director:

1 – A funeral director can tailor a funeral service to meet the family’s wishes and to comply with the law. This includes arranging a date and time for the funeral, and liaising with the church, cemetery or crematorium and the person who will be conducting the service to make sure the service will go exactly as you wish.

2 – The funeral director is responsible for transferring the body from the place of death, or where the body has been taken, to their premises, or providing practical assistance to allow the body to remain at home before the funeral, if this is what you want.

3 – A funeral director can also provide facilities for the viewing of the body prior to the funeral, and deal with all the necessary paperwork to allow burial or cremation to take place.

4 – When it comes to the funeral service, the funeral director will provide the necessary vehicles and staff to conduct the funeral with dignity and professionalism, place death notices in local newspapers, arrange special musical requests, such as a soloist, piper or choir, and order floral tributes on your behalf.

5 – A funeral director may also arrange for catering at a venue of your choice following the funeral, record the names of those attending the funeral in order to provide you with a list afterwards, and accept floral tributes and donations for a nominated charity from well-wishers
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