What do Funeral Directors do for a Family?

By: Les Fee
Sunday, July 3, 2016

After a loved one has died, it can be difficult to take on the many tasks required to ensure their remains are dealt with and that the person is commemorated respectfully. That’s why there are a team of funeral home professionals working to help families as they navigate this challenging phase of their lives. The funeral director is the leader of this team and within this latest post, we’ll provide an outline of the role the funeral director has in helping families through the grieving process.

Counseling Services

As part of their grieving process, family members will often require counseling services with a specialist. A funeral director will have many connections with grief counselors in the local area, and should be able to offer guidance on which specialist to choose. They can also arrange for the counseling sessions directly. 

Handling Paperwork

The death of a person requires their family to deal with a significant amount of governmental paperwork. The death will have to be noted officially and be recognized with help from the funeral director. Funeral directors will also help families fill out the paperwork required for the planning of the funeral. This will include specific information about the decedent and their life.

Arranging Burial

The funeral director will also be tasked with arranging the burial of the decedent, whether it’s in a dedicated burial plot organized by the funeral home or within a plot organized by the family. The funeral director will then work with families to highlight alternatives to burial, such as cremation, and will arrange for all elements of this process to take place with local specialists.

Planning the Funeral

Each element involved in planning the funeral can be organized by the funeral director. They can help families through the organization process and lead a team in setting up a venue for the funeral. They can also help ensure that all invited attendees are notified of the event and set up catering, music, and other funeral elements.


One important element of the funeral director’s job is on-going communication with family members. This communication often continues long after the funeral has taken place and ensures that the funeral director retains a connection to the family. It means that families have an expert to turn to if they’re experiencing grief-related issues in future.

A funeral director plays a significant role in helping guide families through the challenging grieving process. To discover more about the work of funeral directors, call our trusted team in Killam, AB directly.


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