SUMMARY Responsible for overseeing all activities in a funeral home, including arranging for viewing and burial services, transporting bodies, and conferring with family members to ensure final wishes are respected. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES Manage preparations and plans in a funeral home. Arrange for burial or funeral services for the deceased. Hire and train embalmers, funeral attendants, and other employees in the funeral home. Handle accounts and collections. Comfort grieving family members. Discuss financing options. Discuss prices and plans. Help family set date and time for viewing and burial. Arrange for clergy member to conduct religious services. Choose pallbearers and arrange to have them at the funeral. Contact cemetery officials and arrange burial plans. Ensure burial plot is dug up and ready for casket. Ensure religious and ethnic customs of the decedent are fulfilled or respected. Prepare body for burial with embalming fluid or cremate body. Arrange casket in viewing parlor or set up urn with ashes for viewing. Set up photos or other memories of the decedent. Greet family as they enter the parlor. Arrange for transportation to and from the cemetery. Lead funeral procession. Ensure cars have identifying flags or markings during funeral procession. Oversee preparation and shipment of body if burial is in another location. Direct funeral service.