Diane Catterson is an Embalmer for The Co-operative Funeralcare. She takes care of the appearance of bodies, according to the family's wishes. "I think people should be aware of what an embalmer does. It's not like the Egyptians where they would use a hook and take out people's brains and things like that... It's a modern art and we do take a lot of pride in what we do."
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Undertakers, mortuary and crematorium assistants make funeral arrangements for clients, prepare the deceased for burial or cremation, and supervise and assist the proceedings of funerals.
There are no formal academic requirements although some employers require candidates to possess GCSEs/S grades. A full driving licence is often required. Training is provided on-the-job. Professional qualifications in funeral directing and embalming are available.
- Collects body of deceased and assists with the completion of necessary documents
- Interviews relative or representative of the deceased to discuss preparations for funeral
- Liaises with cemetery or crematorium authorities on behalf of client
- Washes and injects body with sterilising fluid to prevent deterioration prior to funeral, and applies cosmetics, wax and other materials to restore normal appearance
- Provides hearse and funeral cars and leads funeral procession
- Controls the operations of crematoriums and cemeteries and processes legal documentation.
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Where to go nextThe Co-Operative FuneralcareNational Association of Funeral DirectorsAn Overview of Information for the Public Administration Sector
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