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Lesser-Known Roles of a Cremation Funeral Director

Cremation has increasingly become popular over the last couple of years with most funeral homes offering the service to clients. In most funeral homes, cremation funeral directors are the point of contact until after a funeral service. Some of the most common roles of a cremation funeral director include scheduling cremations and funeral services, comforting families, and monitoring cremation services to ensure compliance. However, some roles are unknown to most clients. This post explores the lesser-known roles of a cremation funeral director.

Performs Embalming

Most people think that cremation funeral directors do nothing beyond administrative roles. However, nothing could be further from the truth because cremation directors are also qualified and licenced embalmers. The reason is that embalming is a delicate process that helps preserve a dead body before burial or cremation. Thus, only a person conversant with embalming should oversee the process. Since cremation funeral directors undergo training in embalming, they are better placed to ensure that a deceased's body is well-preserved while awaiting cremation. Even if a funeral director does not participate in the actual embalming process, their role is still critical. Therefore, if you plan to hold a service before cremation, ensure that a funeral director is directly involved in the embalming process.

Advice on Cremation Remains 

Typically, a funeral director arranges the shipment of cremation remains once the process is complete. Family members can decide what to do with the remains, and most opt to place the ashes in a special place at home. However, funeral directors can also advise you on what to do with cremation remains. Funeral directors who have been in the industry long enough understand various ways of transforming cremation remains. Family members of the deceased only need to ask for advice. Most funeral directors advise family members to match cremation ash ideas to the deceased's hobbies or occupations. For instance, if the deceased were an environmentalist, family members could use the ashes to plant a tree or create a coral reef.

Customise Cremation Funerals

While cremation is widely considered a non-religious event, different ethnic groups and religions have accepted it as a popular form of burial. However, it does not mean that the different ethnicities and religions should ditch their practices. Luckily, professional cremation funeral directors can customise a cremation funeral service to match clients' needs. However, it is only possible if a funeral director understands the burial customs of different religions, ethnic groups, and faiths.