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Is there a difference of being an embalmer and a funeral director?

I want to become an embalmer but when I look up mortician I get funeral director. Does a mortician do embalming and funeral or are they two completely different jobs?

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A mortician can be a funeral director, but a funeral director can't necessarily be a mortician.

A mortician is a licensed position and fully qualified in the embalming and preparation processes of the deceased.

A Funeral Director is the funeral "planner" and takes care of all the other details involved in a funeral.........so a mortician can also be a Funeral Director, but a Funeral Director must be trained and licensed to be a mortician.

the embaler preps the body the director plans the funeral

A mortician or funeral director may also embalm bodies. However, their duties require much more

The roles of a mortician and an embalmer are different. A mortician is a person who arranges for the final disposition of the deceased who may or may not prepare the deceased. An embalmer is someone who has been trained in the art and science of embalming and may not have any contact with the family, although many people fill both roles. Embalming training commonly involves formal study in anatomy, thanatology, chemistry and specific embalming theory (to widely varying levels depending on the region of the world one lives in) combined with practical instruction in a mortuary with a resultant formal qualification granted after the passing of a final practical examination and acceptance into a recognized society of professional embalmer.

Funeral directors arrange the details and handle the logistics of funerals. They interview the family to learn their wishes about the funeral, the clergy or other people who will officiate, and the final disposition of the remains. Sometimes, the deceased leaves detailed instructions for his or her own funeral. Together with the family, funeral directors establish the location, dates, and times of wakes, memorial services, and burials. They arrange for a hearse to carry the body to the funeral home or mortuary. They also comfort the family and friends of the deceased.

Funeral directors prepare obituary notices and have them placed in newspapers, arrange for pallbearers and clergy, schedule the opening and closing of a grave with a representative of the cemetery, decorate and prepare the sites of all services, and provide transportation for the deceased, mourners, and flowers between sites. They also direct preparation and shipment of the body for out-of-State burial.

Good luck to you in whatever path you choose.