Being a funeral director is no walk in the park, everyday is different says Laurence
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The world of funeral directors is a mysterious one, dealing with death on a daily basis might sound unnerving but there's actually way more to it than you might think.
Generally, funeral directors arrange the details and handle the logistics of a funeral, taking into account the wishes of the deceased and family members.
With the family, they will establish the location of the funeral, as well as the dates and times of wakes, memorial services and burials.
Laurence Jones, partner of Laurence Jones Funeral Directors in Bebington, Wirral, gave us some insider knowledge on what a typical day looks like as a funeral director, and it's safe to say that no two days are ever the same in this profession.
It’s always an early start in the life of a funeral director, Laurence said: “We normally start at about 7am in the morning to get the cars cleaned for morning funerals, and the florists usually start delivering flowers from 8am for the day's services.
“The phone usually starts ringing from the public at around 8:30am for general daily enquiries and it can be absolutely anything. The other day we had someone call to collect their fathers ashes from 20 years ago. This can happen at any time, particularly over ashes, as people often want to pair them with a recently deceased family member."
What people forget is that there’s actually a lot of legal stuff that goes on behind closed doors when someone dies.
Laurence explained that the legal aspect can sometimes cause problems throughout the day. He said: “We take legal forms to the authorities to authorise the funerals, particularly cremation forms, and if they’re not agreed it can prejudice the funeral.”
Laurence Jones reveals what it's really like to be a funeral director
You’ve then got the funerals themselves that can take up a fair chunk of the day depending on which type of service, whether it’s a religious one or a celebration of life.
“You can be on any one of them for at least two hours. The preparation time takes a while too, with embalming, dressing, showing the deceased in the chapel viewing and sorting out the service leaflets with the family.”
With the service leaflets, funeral directors will mock up a copy and send it over to the family before it gets printed, just to ensure that it’s correct and what they want. Creating mock ups can often be time consuming, but it’s all in a good day's work for people like Laurence.
Laurence summarised: “Very often, all these things come at once. You can get people turning up unexpectedly asking for ashes from 30 years ago, or be waiting on forms you’ve asked for that haven’t been done by the authorities. I enjoy it though, no day is ever the same, that's for sure."
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