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Funeral Attendants - 39-4021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Perform variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service; arranging floral offerings or lights around casket; directing or escorting mourners; closing casket; and issuing and storing funeral equipment.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Apprentice Funeral Director
  • Crematory Operator
  • Family Services Assistant (FSA)
  • Funeral Assistant
  • Funeral Attendant
  • Funeral Greeter
  • Funeral Home Assistant
  • Funeral Home Associate
  • Funeral Home Attendant
  • Funeral Service Apprentice

SOC Occupation Groups

39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations
39-4000 Funeral Service Workers
39-4020 Funeral Attendants
39-4021.00 Funeral Attendants

Related Occupations


  • Act as pallbearers.
  • Arrange floral offerings or lights around caskets.
  • Assist with cremations and the processing and packaging of cremated remains.
  • Attend to the needs of the bereaved, such as by offering comfort, counseling, or after-care programs.
  • Carry flowers to hearses or limousines for transportation to places of interment.
  • Clean and drive funeral vehicles, such as cars or hearses, in funeral processions.
  • Clean funeral parlors or chapels.
  • Close caskets at appropriate point in services.
  • Deliver floral arrangements or other items to family members of the deceased.
  • Direct or escort mourners to parlors or chapels in which wakes or funerals are being held.
  • Embalm, dress, cosmeticize, and casket the deceased.
  • Greet people at the funeral home.
  • Issue and store funeral equipment.
  • Manage funeral home finances, including receiving payments, making bank deposits, or performing general bookkeeping duties.
  • Meet with family members to plan the funeral.
  • Obtain burial permits and register deaths.
  • Obtain doctors' signatures on death certificate and complete other paperwork, such as insurance claims forms.
  • Offer assistance to mourners as they enter or exit limousines.
  • Perform a variety of tasks during funerals to assist funeral directors and to ensure that services run smoothly and as planned.
  • Perform general maintenance tasks for funeral homes, such as maintaining equipment or caring for funeral grounds.
  • Perform various administrative tasks, such as typing documents or answering telephone calls.
  • Place caskets in parlors or chapels prior to wakes or funerals.
  • Prepare obituaries for newspapers.
  • Provide advice to mourners on how to make charitable donations in honor of the deceased.
  • Supervise funeral processions and assist with cemetery parking.
  • Transport the deceased to the funeral home.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply makeup to alter or enhance appearance.
  • Arrange items for use or display.
  • Assign resources or facilities to patrons or employees.
  • Assist patrons with entering or exiting vehicles or other forms of transportation.
  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Clean tools or equipment.
  • Deliver items.
  • Direct funeral or mortuary activities.
  • Discuss service options or needs with clients.
  • Drive vehicles to transport patrons.
  • Embalm corpses.
  • Greet customers, patrons, or visitors.
  • Handle caskets.
  • Maintain facilities.
  • Maintain financial or account records.
  • Perform administrative or clerical tasks.
  • Prepare administrative documents.
  • Provide counsel, comfort, or encouragement to individuals or families.
  • Provide escort or transportation.
  • Provide patrons with directions to locales or attractions.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Graves Registration Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mortuary Affairs Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Retrieval and Processing Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Retrieval and Processing Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Funeral Attendant
  • Pallbearer