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Funeral Attendants

Also called: Apprentice Funeral Director, Funeral Assistant, Funeral Attendant, Funeral Home Assistant

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Accounting software
  • Bookkeeping software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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