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Qualities And Attributes Required To Become A Successful Undertaker

By Madeleine Wong

Arranging and organising services linked to funerals are normally taken care of by undertakers, who are also called funeral directors. To be successful in this profession the person performing these duties should have certain essential and unique skills and attributes.

Since an undertaker may be required at any time of day or night, the person venturing into this profession must be willing to be on call at all hours. This is primarily an outdoors job, which will require him to be away from office for most of the time.

To become an undertaker, a person should be able to communicate well and should accommodate the opinions of others. He should be able to manage and interact with people of different ages and people having various social and ethnic backgrounds. Understanding and compassion will be of great importance as he performs his job. However, he should be emotionally strong and not get carried away by other people’s grief, so that he can offer psychological support to them.

Undertakers must be dignified by nature and practise seriousness, but should not look sad or morose, as this may intensify the grief of the family members of the deceased.

By nature, undertakers should be broad minded. They should be willing to respect the traditions and beliefs of all religions and should be learned in this field. They should be conscious of different customs and rituals followed by various groups during the funeral service.

An undertaker must have good managerial and organizational skills. Making preparations for critical services like flowers, ceremonies etc will entail cooperation with many providers and will need leadership and management skills.

An undertaker should be proficient in legal matters and should know the legal formalities to be followed, or the necessary approvals needed from the State authorities before conducting funeral ceremonies. He must also be aware of the administrative procedures to be adhered to for obtaining death certificates, insurance claims etc.

Finally, an undertaker must know how to drive and should possess a valid driving license, as he may have to drive hearses and limousines.

Entrust the delicate matter of funeral needs in the hands of a efficient professional funeral director.. This article, Qualities And Attributes Required To Become A Successful Undertaker is available for free reprint.

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Wong, Madeleine "Qualities And Attributes Required To Become A Successful Undertaker." Qualities And Attributes Required To Become A Successful Undertaker. 16 Nov. 2009. 29 Jul 2014 <>.

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