The person that helps you plan your funeral or helps to prepare your loved one's remains for their own funeral is definitely a professional that can pique your curiosity. Because ideas of death and dying can be so uncomfortable to talk about for the average person, understanding more about the profession of being a funeral home director can be a difficult feat. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about funeral home directors and the answers you have always wanted to know.
Does a person have to go to college to be a funeral home director?
Whether or not a funeral home director went to college to get into the profession depends entirely on the state where they reside. Each state has its own specific requirements, but not all will require a college degree. For example, in the state of Kentucky a funeral director only has to have a high school diploma, but will need college if they are also an embalmer.
What is the average salary of a funeral home director?
According to Chrome.com, the average funeral director makes just over $60,000 per year. However, some make as little as $29,000 and there are those in the top percentile that make nearly $100,000.
Will a funeral director prepare their own deceased family members for a funeral?
This is only a matter of individual preference of the funeral director. Keep in mind that for many years, deceased family members were prepared for a funeral by their closest living relatives, so this is not as unusual as it may seem.
Is it true that the funeral director has to live at the funeral home?
Funeral directors do usually spend a lot of time at a funeral home, but not all of them live in the funeral home. In the 20th century when undertaking the responsibility of preparing the deceased on behalf of a family first came about, this was often something done in a private home; hence the name "funeral home." However, the undertakers of the past often performed funeral services as a side occupation only. Nowadays, funeral directing is definitely a primary profession, but these professionals most often live separately from their place of business.
When it comes down to it, there are a lot of interesting facts to be learned about funeral directors. If you are ever curious about funeral directors, like those at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, do not hesitate to ask them questions and get information. Doing so may give you a whole new appreciation for these skilled professionals.