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Funeral Director

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€19k > 36
Funeral Director
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€19 - 36
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Perform necessary tasks to arrange and direct funeral services, such as coordinating transportation of body to mortuary, liaising with family or other authorised persons to arrange details such as officials for religious rites, and providing transportation for mourners.


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When a person dies, his or her family contacts a Funeral Director to organise the funeral for them. Duties include collecting bodies from hospitals or the residence of the deceased (this may include embalming), and laying them to rest in a parlour of repose or church.  
 
After consulting with the family of the deceased, they make all the practical arrangements with regard to the funeral - planning the obituary notices, organising the times of the service, organising flowers and transport, and ensuring that all legal requirements are satisfied, e.g. death certificate.  
 
On the day of the funeral, Funeral Directors are responsible for everything running smoothly.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Attend or make presentations at community events to promote funeral home services or build community relationships.

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Conduct market research and analyze industry trends.

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Consult with families or friends of the deceased to arrange funeral details, such as obituary notice wording, casket selection, or plans for services.

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Direct and supervise work of embalmers, funeral attendants, death certificate clerks, cosmetologists, or other staff.

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Direct or monitor administrative, support, repair, or maintenance services for funeral homes.

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Monitor funeral service operations to ensure that they comply with applicable policies, regulations, and laws.

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Negotiate contracts for prearranged funeral services.

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Offer counsel and comfort to families and friends of the deceased.

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Plan and implement changes to service offerings to meet community needs or increase funeral home revenues.

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Plan and implement sales promotions or other marketing strategies and activities for funeral home operations.

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Funeral Directors must have a serious and dignified manner. Tact, sympathy and a reassuring, helpful nature are essential when dealing with the bereaved. Good communications skills and the ability to be able to relate to people from all backgrounds are also important. Funeral Directors should not be of a squeamish, nervous disposition.


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Organisation: Irish Association of Funeral Directors
Address: Mespil House, Mespil Business Centre,Sussex Road, Dublin 4
Tel: 1 800 927 111
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Organisation: Irish School of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
Address: Emmet Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Tel: (096) 70669
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