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The Challenging Tasks of a Funeral Director

In the shocking event of death, everyone in the family and even the relatives and friends are in a state of despair. In such a situation, the family members cannot even think of making suitable arrangements for a decent funeral service. But, it is the Perth Funeral Directors who take up the taskof making every arrangement for the funeral service. However, while making arrangements for the funeral service, the funeral director must ensure that all legal requirements are scrupulously followed. According to the Law Hand Book 2016, in Australia, every death must be reported to the Coroner of the respective jurisdiction.

Aware of Coroner’s Act

Therefore, the funeral director must be fully aware of every aspect of Coroner’s Act 2008 (Vic) and other related laws. Of course, in Australia there is no law, which prescribes that you must avail the service of Perth funeral directors for funeral services. Even your friends or colleagues or relatives can handle the arrangements for the funeral service.

Knowledge of Customs and Procedures

But as already said, when everyone is in deep sorrow, no one would be inclined to take the lead for making funeral arrangements. On the other hand, the person making arrangements for the funeral service must be fully aware of the customs to be followed and the paper works to be made for the service. It is when professionals like the Perth funeral directors who play a vital role. The funeral directors are fully aware of customs that prevail among various sections of population of ethnic groups. They are fully aware of the procedures to be followed in the funeral service.

Pre-Funeral Arrangements

Normally, the funeral service is grouped into two categories namely, pre-funeral arrangements and post funeral works. The pre-funeral arrangements normally include collecting a death certificate from the hospital, making arrangements for the flower decoration, choosing coffin or casket, arranging funeral vehicle and so on. If the family members prefer to cremate the body, the funeral director would make appropriate arrangements in the crematorium. But, if the family members prefer to bury the body, then the funeral director will make appropriate arrangements for digging the grave, choosing the head stone and so on.

Post Funeral Works

After the funeral service, the funeral director makes arrangements to collect the ashes (if the body is cremated). The funeral director will also collect necessary papers from the Coroners’ office which may be required by the family members to be presented to banks or such other institutions.

A Challenging Task

As Arielle Pardes writes in the magazine ‘Cosmopolitan’ published on September 13, 2016, the job of a funeral director is quite challenging. Pardes opines that the task of a funeral director is ‘physically and emotionally’ draining. The funeral director should ensure that the service is conducted strictly as per the wishes of the family members. He must provide the price list and allow enough time for the members to choose the various services depending on their preference. In fact, the funeral director should not even suggest about the type of funeral service unless asked by the members of the family.

Embalming the Body

Funeral directors are prone to infections, which may be caused due to chemicals used in the embalming of the body. The director should take adequate precautions against such infections. There could also be instances that some of the family members could turn their frustration against the funeral director. Therefore, the director must be capable of assimilating such situations.