5 Common Misconceptions About Funeral Directors

By: Brian K. Daly
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A funeral director, also known as an undertaker, has often been perceived in different ways and here is some common myths and misconceptions that we would like to dispel.

1. They Are “Creepy”

While some people may live up to these stereotypes, most funeral directors are normal human beings and they are often more positive people because of their interactions with death it makes them appreciate life.

2. They Are Death Experts

Although a funeral director will have a lot of experience, technically they do not require specialized training or qualifications. They will be able to empathise and respect you and your loved ones, as well as offer you industry specific advice based on experience but they aren’t experts in death.

3. They Look At Dead Bodies All Day

There are plenty of misunderstandings about what funeral directors do and this involves comforting the deceased’s family, organising, making calls and preparing paperwork in a similar role to a normal office position. They spend very little time with the deceased, except when necessary.

4. They Are Only In It For The Money

While funerals can be expensive and directors can make a reasonable income, there are plenty of other industries that also allow this without the need for compassion and empathy. Funeral directors can end up working weekends and during the holidays, as well as being emotionally and intellectually exhausting, if they were purely in it for the money, they are in the wrong profession!

5. They Are Always Sad

Another myth, while the loss of human life can be a sobering experience, as funeral directors deal with death day to day, they must detach themselves and avoid getting too emotionally involved. Although you will find your funeral director is empathetic, they must learn to draw the line to avoid the sadness that comes with death.

Hopefully this has helped to dispel some of the misconceptions surrounding funeral directors and will allow you to see them in a different light. If you have any questions including those about the role of a funeral director, visit our website or contact a member of friendly member of staff who will deal with your enquiry.

 

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