Funeral Attendant

Take care of the little details that make funerals go smoothly.
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Quick Stats


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Good

Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Funeral Attendants do?

Unfortunately, funerals are an everyday occurrence. While most of us attend only a handful in our lifetimes, a Funeral Attendant spends every working day witnessing these events. As a Funeral Attendant, you directly help the Funeral Director, interact with the Embalmer, and frequently work with the other funeral home employees.

It’s your job as a Funeral Attendant to assist the Funeral Director in providing reliable service for the mourners of the deceased. That means you make every effort to consider the feelings of the client. For example rather than hauling the open casket in before them, you ensure that it’s already in place before the first mourner arrives.

If it’s an open casket, you arrange the lid and close it during the appropriate time in the service. You also place lighting and flowers to optimize viewing and add beauty to the occasion.

When mourners begin to arrive, you answer questions, direct them to the proper room, and offer aid to anyone who needs it. If the service continues at a gravesite, you help load the casket into the hearse, and you might even drive it to the location. Once there, you might act as a Pallbearer, or aid those who do. You also provide the supplies needed to prepare the site, and ensure that the casket is lowered and buried following the service.

With you taking care of the details, mourners can focus on the service without added concern for flower placement, music, or the transfer of the body.


Should I be a Funeral Attendant?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: FSA, Funeral Greeter, Funeral Home Attendant, Funeral Service Attendant, Limosine Driver, Mortician Helper See More

    How to become a Funeral Attendant

    Most Funeral Attendants have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9pndaa&chl=no+college+%2866%25%29|certificate+%2817%25%29|associate%27s+%2814%25%29|bachelor%27s+%284%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,66,66
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