Funeral Director

WHAT YOU DO

When someone passes away, close family and friends are immediately faced with the daunting prospect of planning a funeral service. Funeral Directors can be a bright spot in the darkness by helping people navigate this emotionally difficult time.

As a Funeral Director, you manage funeral home operations and work closely with grieving families to coordinate and arrange all aspects of the funeral service—from preparing the body through to burial or cremation. It’s a challenging role that demands poise, tact and empathy.

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WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to plan and schedule funeral services
  • How to preserve and prepare human remains
  • How to coordinate burials and cremations
  • How to speak to grieving families about funeral arrangements and survivor benefits
  • How to manage funeral home operations and staff

WHO YOU WORK FOR

As a Funeral Director, you will work in a funeral home.

Types of Workplaces

  • Funeral Homes
  • Mortuaries

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

Planning or arranging a funeral is a difficult time for anyone and Funeral Directors are there to ensure that funeral rites are completed and remains are stored, handled and moved respectfully. You will be paired with an experienced Funeral Director to help you understand all the procedures involved in this process and how to act professionally and with compassion.

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ATTENTIVE, CREATIVE, EXPRESSIVE, INVENTIVE, PRECISE

Critical Skills

  • Funeral Practices, Law and Service Ethics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Safety, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Communications and Business Management
  • Embalming Theory

Earn

$66K - $95K annually
$14.50 - $29.60 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    weekdays and weekends

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Shanna Shirey, 20

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Terrace, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.