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Do you work in a funeral home? As an embalmer?

Hi. I'm very interested in pursuing a career as an embalmer. I'm afraid that I may think I'm very interested but understand that at the end of the day when I'm behind the scenes of a funeral home and come face to face with multiple corpses and maybe even see a body undergo the embalming process I may have a very drastic change of heart. So, I want to call a funeral home and explain this all to them and ask very politely if they could show me around, then if it went well and they seemed to like me, I want to ask if I can sit and just watch quietly as the embalmer does their job, I would like to just observe to see if it's something I could really see myself doing (that's if the initial tour went well ;P). What do you think? What would be your reaction if someone approached you with this? Would they be mad that I even asked? Would you say that most the people in the industry are mean and this would piss them off? I'm not trying to step on any toes.Thanks in advance

It is hard to walk around so may dead people... with out getting an erection, so your point is valid (and hard). But at the end of the day you are helping people cope with the loss of loved ones, cherished memories, and the future of their department. So yes, by all means, do have sex with dead people, sooooooooo if you wear a cup on your interview, you should be good (cause it will hide your *****). If that doesn't work, there is always veterinarian school. You freak.

Mortuary science is an academic degree -- either an associates or a bachelors degree (the bachelors degree is preferred). Talk to a funeral home and tell them you are considering a degree in mortuary science and you would like to speak with someone about the job when they have the time. They may ask you to come in at a particular time so as not to disrupt any services or to call back at another time if they are busy.

It is not likely that they will allow you to see an embalming right away. Start with just talking to a funeral director. Ask how they got into the field, what they like about it, what they don't, what the schooling is like, etc. This is a good time to find out things like what the best schools are, how hard they are to get into, what the academic requirements are, etc.

The job requires being good at dealing with people so they should be very easy to talk to. So just talk. Ask good questions but don't unload all of your curiosity at once. Think of it like a reverse job interview -- you are interviewing someone who does the job to see if you would really like it. Once they get to know you and understand that you really are interested in pursuing the profession, they are more likely to grant you access to the working areas of the funeral home with a mentor. There are strict regulations about all aspects of mortuary science so your access might be very limited.

Best wishes.

I am a funeral director / embalmer.

I would be very, very much against allowing someone from the public to come in and witness an embalming for various reasons. First, if you couldn't handle it, you could possibly pass out, throw up, etc. That is a problem that I wouldn't want to deal with. Second, there are privacy issues for the deceased and their families. Families trust the bodies of their loved ones to me, and I would feel as if I am violating that trust by allowing a stranger to see the body in the state that it is in.

Most of the people in this field aren't mean at all, and your request wouldn't piss them off. We just adhere to a certain unwritten rule that we protect the bodies because the families can no longer do it. We take our jobs very seriously.

Your best bet, in my opinion, would be to contact your closest mortuary school in your state and ask to see one of their embalming labs. Most are open to it for possible future students.