Being a funeral director seems like a strange profession. Perhaps it's something people wouldn't normally consider unless it's their calling.
However, the job of a funeral director is very complicated. There is actually way more to it than dealing with death on a daily basis.
Funeral directors generally handle the logistical side of a funeral, make sure that all the details are in order, and take into account the wishes of the deceased and family members.
They usually establish the location of the funeral with counsel from the family, as well as the dates and times of wakes, memorial services and burials.
Speaking to the Mirror, funeral director Laurence Jones, partner of Laurence Jones Funeral Directors in Wirral, gave 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 father's 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."
"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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