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What is a job of a embalmer like?

Like what kind of personality does embalmer geared toward? values?
it is better to be emotionally active or emotionally inert.
does the job require a lot of creativity or is it repetitive?
is this more of a business-mindset or a "i do what should be done" kind of thing?
does it require a lot of human-human interactions? should you have a social personality?
are there a lot of female embalmers?
what are the hours like? is it relatively consistent or always changing?
are the courses particularly demanding? are there a lot of drop-outs?
are there a lot of health concerns over this occupation? (the chemicals you work with doesn't seem all that safe for prolong exposure)
what is embalmer like in terms of occupational association and such? are there a lot of re-training?
is this job mostly fixed to a province? so like if u have a license in ontario, can u practice it in alberta? new york? and so on?
what motivated a lot of people to be interested in embalming?

what's a regular embalmer's day like?

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It's very messy... first you have to arrange to have the body sent from the morgue or the home where the person died. Then you have to strip it naked, and clean off all the lymph fluids, poop and pee that came out of the body at the time of death, most of which is dried and crusted by now. The bodies are not clean like they are on TV. Then you have to lie the body on a table with the neck over a hole in the table, cut an opening at the neck and feet and run a hose into the foot hole to flush all the blood out, which splatters as it goes into the drain. Then you insert another hose and fill the veins with formaldehyde, which embalms the body. You are exposed to the fumes and can cause you trouble in later life. You will have busy periods and slow periods, so the hours can be short or long.

And as far as human to human contact there is very little interaction... you can chatter away all you like, but don't expect an answer... they're dead. And if you plan on having sex with them, make sure the security cameras are off. That's how I ended up getting caught and getting my license revoked.

Personality? Nothing specific
Values? Nothing specific. Whatever "values" you hold should still allow you to honor the values of other people.
Creativity? No. There's no room for creativity in the actual act of embalming.
Repetitive? Yes - but aren't most jobs?
You do what you are told to do.
Hours vary by employer.
Funeral Studies/Mortuary Science programs are usually highly competitive. Not a lot of programs and lots of interested students. However, I'm not sure where this sits in comparison to "embalming school", or if such programs even exist.
Health concerns are minimal as long as you take proper precautions.
If you are required to be licensed, the license will not be valid for both the US and Canada, assuming you mean Ontario Canada (not California) and Alberta Canada.

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The job is relatively easy, provided that you can move some weight around and don't mind things that others would consider disgusting.

Basically, you retrieve the body from the place of death or the medical examiner's office and bring it back to the preparation (embalming) room. Once there, you place the body on the table. A typical embalming table is metal or porcelain with a hole at the foot end which goes into a sink.

The body is then washed to remove any surface debris, blood, or other bodily fluids that may have leaked. The eyes, nose, and mouth are then cleaned with a disinfectant spray and cotton. The eyes and mouth are closed using a variety of techniques. The embalmer would then select a vessel to inject chemicals (usually the right common carotid artery and the accompanying right internal jugular vein). The artery is used to inject the chemical and the vein is used to drain the blood down the table, through that hole, and into the sink. Chemicals and water are added to the machine, a hose from the machine is attached to the tubes (which are inserted into the arteries), and the machine is started which pushes the chemicals through the body.

Emotions are human - there is no inert. Some things will be just another day (i.e. a 100 year old), while others will be emotionally trying (the death and embalming of a child). The embalming part of the job is fairly repetitive, being that most cases are done the same way. Creativity comes later when cosmetics are applied once the body is embalmed and dressed.

As far as a mindset, you have to be able to juggle a business aspect along with a professional, people-oriented side. Lean too far on one side or the other and you'll end up losing the faith of the community.

The job of a funeral director requires a decent amount of personal interaction. We have to interact with the staff / security of hospitals, nursing homes, medical examiner's / coroner's offices, cemetery workers, etc. We also have to speak with grieving families and understand the dynamics of each family (some laugh, some cry, some are crazy in grief, some are lax, and so on...).

It used to be a male-only job, but women are quickly coming up in the numbers. The field is still fairly dominated by men, but I would personally estimate that the numbers will be even within the next few decades.

The hours are all dependent on the funeral home you work out of. For me, I am one of two licensed people for a funeral home that does a LOT of business. As such, I'm pretty much always on call. Some people have set days off or alternating times. Nothing is set in stone in this business.

As far as academic courses, some are demanding while others are ridiculously easy. For me, the sciences were easy while arts were tougher. Some people find the opposite to be true. I sailed through my mortuary law course with ease while others struggled, and I struggled through cosmetics and color theory while others breezed through that. It all depends on your aptitude. Out of my mortuary class of 28 people, 21 graduated, and about half of those are now working in the funeral field in some form or another.

Health concerns are always an issue. There are laws in both the US and Canada regarding the exposure levels of formaldehyde for employees. If a preparation room is set up appropriately with proper ventilation and safety equipment, the exposure to formaldehyde will be minimal. The greatest health risk in a prep room is accidental needle sticks. Because we have to sew up wounds, we run the risk of jabbing our fingers with dirty needles which could transfer disease. Again, proper safety precautions will take care of most problems.