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Funeral Attendant  What They Do

Just the Facts


Performs 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.

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Consumer Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Greets people at the funeral home.
  • Performs a variety of tasks during funerals to assist funeral directors and to ensure that services run smoothly and as planned.
  • Transports the deceased to the funeral home.
  • Directs or escorts mourners to parlors or chapels in which wakes or funerals are being held.
  • Closes caskets at appropriate point in services.
  • Attends to the needs of the bereaved, such as by offering comfort, counseling, or after care programs.
  • Offers assistance to mourners as they enter or exit limousines.
  • Places caskets in parlors or chapels prior to wakes or funerals.
  • Cleans and drives funeral vehicles, such as cars or hearses, in funeral processions.
  • Carries flowers to hearses or limousines for transportation to places of interment.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Crematory Operator -- Oversees safe operation of cremation equipment, prepares the funeral chapel for services, accurate record-keeping and identification and interacts with the bereaved.
  • Embalmer -- Embalmers prepare the remains of deceased persons for public visitation and burial.
  • Mortician -- Oversees funeral rituals and prepares the body of the deceased for a final viewing.