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The Basic Characteristics Of An Undertaker

By Guest Author On December 9, 2010 Under Personal Development

Most people usually steer clear of everything connected with death and its symbolism. If there were no undertakers to accomplish the task of preparing the deceased for their final resting place, what would happen then? But what qualities does it take to be an undertaker? Here are some qualities and skills that someone must have in order to become a successful undertaker.

Undertakers, also called Funeral Directors, are experts who organize activities and services related to funerals. Given below are a few of the important skills and personal qualities that undertakers should possess to rise in their job.

As his services may be required at any hour of the day, an undertaker should be ready to work at odd hours also. He should be prepared to spend most of his time outdoors because of the unique nature of the task.

To become an undertaker, a person must be able to interact well and be open to the viewpoints of others. He should be able to handle and communicate with people of all ages and people having different social and ethnic backgrounds. He should be compassionate and should understand others’ feelings. But he will need to provide support to the grieving family and must stay strong and emotionally detached so that he can perform his functions well.

Although the job is by nature sombre and serious, the undertakers should impart an aura of serenity to the proceedings instead of more grief or sadness through their attitude.

Undertakers should have vast knowledge and deep respect for the religious beliefs and sentiments of different cultures and ethnic groups. They should be aware of various customs and rituals followed by various groups during the funeral service.

An undertaker should have good managerial and organizational skills. He must also possess leadership skills and should be able to interact with a large number of people – from the clergy members to the flower seller.

Legalities and other formalities to be followed in the event of a death must be familiar to the undertaker who will have to get the requisite approvals etc for the funeral ceremonies and other related matters. He will need to be fully conscious of procedures to be followed with respect to obtaining death certificates or claims for insurance.

Lastly, an undertaker must ensure that his driver’s license is regularly updated and that he can drive the funeral vehicle during the ceremony.

Entrust the delicate matter of funeral services needs in the hands of efficient professional undertakers.. This article, The Basic Characteristics Of An Undertaker has free reprint rights.

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